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shamble
as in:  he shambled along


She shambled about the house in over-sized slippers.
  to walk in an awkward, shuffling way
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  • She shambled about the house in over-sized slippers.
  • shambled along with bowed head
  • James’ chubby face was set and unsmiling as Major continued his imitation, scratching his nose, pouting his lips, and shambling loosely like a puppet at the end of jerking strings.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • He shambled back to her, holding the knife as if it were tipped with poison.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • He will show up when he wants and stay as long as he wants, he’ll shamble around making conversation, and then he’ll sit, and beckon me to sit, and he’ll open a bottle of wine and we’ll suddenly be sharing a meal and there’s no way to stop it.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And he’d shamble after me like an old-time movie monster until I ran away laughing.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The carpentry and construction shops were housed in one building, to the left of the electric shop and on the other side of a shambling greenhouse.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Then he started gathering old faerie stories too, legends about bogies and shamble-men.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The three corpses shambled forward.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Not only did he shamble, jive, shuck, and hipdoodle at his own sweet pace, he did something he had never even done in the East End — he came to a complete and utter halt halfway across and let nothing but the evil in his eyes take care of the rest.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee

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  • He returned her hug briefly and then bent to pet Brenda, who had struggled to her feet and shambled over to nuzzle him.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Indeed, it has been over a month since he has had to curl up against the wall in his study and pray that he does not see ghosts shambling through the walls.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Sometimes she sensed that there was no violence at all, and got only a terrible impression of order, throngs of people moving in shambling docile parade out of sight.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I believe each of these comments: my shoulders sag, my spine crumples, I exude the wrong kind of goodness; I see myself shambling crookedly, I make an effort to stand straighter, my body rigid with anxiety.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The moth-eaten mule that had brought the MacNabs to the farm shambled out of the yard where it had been enjoying the hospitality of the estate.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The poet Ampleforth shambled into the cell.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The man shambled close, his one eye flaring.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I shambled about the field on scraggy legs, squalled for passes that never came my way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The gait is shambling.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The ivory Pequod was turned into what seemed a shamble; every sailor a butcher.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He shambled to his feet grinning furtively, wiping his nose with the back of his hand.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He shambled along with bowed head, his brain in a tumult of agony and despair.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • What nightmare? A purple woman, long dead, shambling after him down twisting hotel corridors?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Although the shambling figures moved in complete silence, there were screams all around now.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The troll shambled forwards, squinting through the chandelier light.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The great head drooped more and more under its tree of horns, and the shambling trot grew weak and weaker.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I head for the next car over, but the alligator turns as well, shambling beside the train, its blunt, toothy snout open, grinning.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The dog was a shambling mountain of black fur, easily as big as a rhino.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Hawat shambled forward as a Fremen lance was lifted and replaced behind him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The animal broke into a shambling trot, his breath panting and labored, and the wagon swayed forward with a jolt that threw them about like popcorn in a popper.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Sheep after sheep they butchered by the surf, and shambling cattle, feasting,-while fugitives went inland, running to call to arms the main force of Kikones.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Akhilleus, prince and powerful runner, killed all seven amid their shambling cattle and silvery sheep.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The shambling figure, and the scanty great-coat, were not to be mistaken.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Two hours later, as Petersen Sahib was eating early breakfast, his elephants, who had been double chained that night, began to trumpet, and Pudmini, mired to the shoulders, with Kala Nag, very footsore, shambled into the camp.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Such was the appearance of Ichabod and his steed as they shambled out of the gate of Hans Van Ripper, and it was altogether such an apparition as is seldom to be met with in broad daylight.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The smell of dying leaves in the motionless gray morning as he shambled up onto the porch after a night’s fishing, and the full, fine growth in the cedar trees.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • For in the new dark, the restive herd of old men shambled forward, hearts hammering.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Wait, please; you betray too much vigor, too much decision; you want more of a shamble.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • They were a man and woman; or perhaps they would be better described as a male and female: for the former was one of those long-limbed, knock-kneed, shambling, bony people, to whom it is difficult to assign any precise age,—looking as they do, when they are yet boys, like undergrown men, and when they are almost men, like overgrown boys.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He moved with a shambling gait round the group and spoke to Stephen.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • His curiosity satisfied, he shambled slowly away.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Sir Edmund Hillary shambled on stage, looking more like the beekeeper he’d once been than a celebrity knighted by Britain’s queen.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • People turned to look after him, so uncouth was his shambling figure.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And the aged lord, without a word, shambled silently away, his old velvet shoes flapping and off at his heels, coughing as he went.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Eragon hesitated, reluctant to leave, then nodded and shambled away from the bench, his feet dragging in the dirt.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Shreve was comingup the walk, shambling, fatly earnest, his glasses glintingbeneath the running leaves like little pools.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • He rose and shambled out of the room.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The man shambled down the passage in his slippers.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • As soon as he was alone Shift went shambling along, sometimes on two paws and sometimes on four, till he reached his own tree.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Sit down, you dancing, prancing, shambling, scrambling poll-parrot!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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