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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shamblesnoun

    a condition of great disorder

  2. abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhousenoun

    a building where animals are butchered


  1. shamblesnoun

    a scene of great disorder or ruin

  2. shamblesnoun

    a great mess or clutter

    This website is a shambles.

  3. shamblesnoun

    a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation

  4. shamblesnoun

    a slaughterhouse

  5. shamblesnoun

    a butcher's shop

  6. Etymology: From scamul. A borrowing from scamellum, diminutive of scamnum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shamblesnoun

    Etymology: Of uncertain etymology. Scannaglia, Ital.

    Far be the thoughts of this from Henry’s heart,
    To make a shambles of the parliament-house. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    I hope my noble lord esteems me honest.
    —— Oh, ay, as summer-flies are in the shambles,
    That quicken ev’n with blowing. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    He warned a flock of sheep, that were driving to the shambles, of their danger; and, upon uttering some sounds, they all fled. Arbuthnot.

    When the person is made the jest of the mob, or his back the shambles of the executioner, there is no more conviction in the one than in the other. Isaac Watts.


  1. Shambles

    Shambles is an obsolete term for an open-air slaughterhouse and meat market.


  1. shambles

    A state of total disorder, chaos or confusion. Typically used to refer to a situation, place, or event that is extremely disorganized or chaotic, often due to mismanagement or neglect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shambles

    sham′blz, n.pl. stalls on which butchers exposed their meat for sale, hence a flesh-market: a slaughter-house. [A.S. scamel (Ger. schämel), a stool—Low L. scamellum, for L. scabellum, dim. of scamnum, a bench.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shambles in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shambles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Shambles in a Sentence

  1. Antony Blinken:

    Russia has sought as its principal aim to totally subjugate Ukraine, to take away its sovereignty, to take away its independence -- that has failed, it has sought to assert the power of its military and its economy. We, of course, are seeing just the opposite, a military that is dramatically underperforming and an economy... as a result of sanctions that is in shambles.

  2. Ganesh Ramamoorthy:

    It's crazy if India thinks it can compete with China on something like chip manufacturing when our electronics industry is a shambles.

  3. Chris Rock:

    I wanna find some peace, 'cause people usually find that peace in a horrible time, why does that have to be? Maybe I can find God without being in shambles. Maybe I can reach a higher plain spiritually without being in a near-death experience.

  4. Tom Andrews:

    It staggers the imagination as to what will be happening just really over the next few days, this thing is out of control, this is a complete catastrophe. The entire health care system is in shambles. The number of people being infected is just going through the roof, and no one trusts this junta to provide them with information or health care or vaccines that they need to confront this pandemic.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    He'd tested positive so there was no doubt what he was dealing with. The word' shambles' comes to mind, what's the point of bodyguards when you can't have a doctor ? The Office of Prime Minister needs better protection.

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Translations for Shambles

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  • heilloses DurcheinanderGerman
  • σφαγείοGreek
  • mataderoSpanish
  • پراکندهPersian
  • capharnaüm, bordel, fouillisFrench
  • cosair chróIrish
  • खंडहरHindi
  • romhalmaz, összevisszaság, mészárszék, rendetlenség, zűrzavar, vágóhíd, pusztulásHungarian
  • בָּלָגָןHebrew
  • ಕುಗ್ಗುತ್ತದೆKannada
  • 도살장Korean
  • разруха, барда́к, руина, пу́таница, каварда́к, неразбериха, скотобо́йня, беспорядок, бойняRussian
  • röraSwedish

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