What does shambles mean?

Definitions for shambles

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shambles.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shambles(noun)

    a condition of great disorder

  2. abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse(noun)

    a building where animals are butchered


  1. shambles(Noun)

    a scene of great disorder or ruin

  2. shambles(Noun)

    a great mess or clutter

    This website is a shambles.

  3. shambles(Noun)

    a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation

  4. shambles(Noun)

    a slaughterhouse

  5. shambles(Noun)

    a butcher's shop

  6. Origin: 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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Yan Jiehe:

    The government is willing to work with government firms, but co-operation with private companies is a shambles.

  2. Sicily Silla Zelia:

    Where I come from, life is not easy, my neighborhood has big problems, my house is all in a shambles, all in a shambles.

  3. 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.

  4. Esra Ozyurek:

    Tourism in Turkey is in shambles, it is one of the biggest industries, but now all the hotels are empty. And who would want to come to a country where it doesn't feel safe?

  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.

Images & Illustrations of shambles

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Translations for shambles

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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