What does shambles mean?

Definitions for shambles
sham·bles

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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

Wiktionary

  1. shamblesnoun

    a scene of great disorder or ruin

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

  2. shamblesnoun

    a great mess or clutter

    This website is a shambles.

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

  3. shamblesnoun

    a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation

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

  4. shamblesnoun

    a slaughterhouse

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

  5. shamblesnoun

    a butcher's shop

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

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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Numerology

  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. John Kennedy:

    Some say it's 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. Michael McConnell:

    They needed some time because their rules are shambles, they are not transparent, they are unclear, they are internally inconsistent.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for shambles

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  • heilloses DurcheinanderGerman
  • σφαγείοGreek
  • mataderoSpanish
  • capharnaüm, fouillis, bordelFrench
  • cosair chróIrish
  • खंडहरHindi
  • pusztulás, vágóhíd, zűrzavar, romhalmaz, rendetlenség, összevisszaság, mészárszékHungarian
  • בָּלָגָןHebrew
  • ಕುಗ್ಗುತ್ತದೆKannada
  • 도살장Korean
  • бойня, беспорядок, скотобо́йня, неразбериха, каварда́к, пу́таница, руина, барда́к, разрухаRussian
  • röraSwedish

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