Phrases with "shambling"

Edith Wharton As he opened it Mr. Spragg rose again and came forward with his slow shambling step. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

And he stood up straight and looked him in the face, till we hardly could think he was the same man that was so bent and shambling and broken-down-looking most times. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Then Mr. Wilde told Vance he could go; and he went, shambling like an outcast of the slums. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Conan Doyle He ran once, but the long gown clogged him so that he slowed down into a shambling walk, and finally plumped into the heather once more. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins Working men were trooping homeward, now singly, now together, in weary, shambling gangs. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

James Payn Game—you might just as well ask for Bird’s-nest soup; and all the fish that is ever caught at Coveton goes as direct as the poor shambling dawdling railway can take it to the great metropolis. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

They were six in number, shambling gallowsbirds; but for once the proverb was right, cruelty was coupled with cowardice, and the wretches cursed him and made off. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

It was half-past two when she was startled by the sound of a shambling footstep upon the gravelled pathway underneath the veranda. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H.P. Lovecraft Their features were indistinguishable, but their crouching, shambling gait was abominably repellent. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His figure was spare, one shoulder was a trifle higher than the other, and he walked in a shambling manner, like a man whose eyes were forever glued upon the pages of a book. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edith Wharton Indoors, under Mrs. Tracy’s eyes, he relapsed at once into the shy shambling boy with callous hands and boots covered with mud from the nursery. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Borrow He stooped considerably, and moved along with a shambling gait. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

G. K. Chesterton The vicar was not surprised that the hairy, high-shouldered Mr. Ayres should throw a shadow looking like a shambling hunchback or a bristly, humped figure. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H.P. Lovecraft This, acting on my imagination, had supplied namelessly sinister qualities to the indeterminate face and robed, shambling form beneath it. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

George MacDonald Some rode shaggy, shambling bears, which yet made speed enough, going as fast as the elephants. Lilith by George MacDonald

H.P. Lovecraft As some of the figures turned to look in my direction I was transfixed with fright, yet managed to preserve the casual, shambling gait I had assumed. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

In time things rose and moved around me, a few ragged shapes of men, without clothing, shambling with their huge feet and looking towards me with curved beast-like glances. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

H. G. Wells The noises we made came in shambling loose formation — from Scotland and Lancashire and Cockney London. That contrast stuck in my mind and haunted me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Sinclair Lewis Then tear down all these shambling buildings ——” Mr. Dawson had decided that she really did mean it. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

M. R. James There was no white thing framed in the hole of the gate, but there was a draped form shambling away among the trees. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Andrew Lang Presently the heavy, shambling footsteps of an old dog, and the metallic shaking sound of his collar, were heard coming up stairs. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton A man jumped out, and the light fell on Strefford’s shambling figure, its lazy disjointed movements so unmistakably the same under his fur coat, and in the new setting of prosperity. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Only twenty-four years, and the girl I’d known, with her milky-white skin and red mouth and kind of dull-gold hair, had turned into this great round-shouldered hag, shambling along on twisted heels. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

He turned round and saw the softy making his way toward him with a slow, shambling run. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H.P. Lovecraft It was, to use a more concrete but less accurate comparison, as if people with loose, splintery wooden shoes were shambling and rattling about on the polished board floor. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope But then Ontario Moggs was such a long-legged, awkward, ugly, shambling fellow, and Moggs as a name was certainly not euphonious. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jack London The great head drooped more and more under its tree of horns, and the shambling trot grew weak and weaker. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Andrew Lang And, shambling awkwardly, he went. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mary Webb In and out of the stealthy afternoon shadows, black and solemn, went the shambling old figure with his relentless face and outraged heart. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Eliot My conversational reticences about myself turn into garrulousness on paper — as the sea-lion plunges and swims the more energetically because his limbs are of a sort to make him shambling on land. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

H. G. Wells His shambling legs supported him anyhow. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Theodore Dreiser One day he saw Lincoln — a tall, shambling man, long, bony, gawky, but tremendously impressive. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H.P. Lovecraft Furtive, shambling creatures stared cryptically in my direction, and more normal faces eyed me coldly and curiously. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Isabella Bird As there was a slight incline into the village, our miserable ponies commenced a shambling trot, the noise of which brought numerous idlers to the inn-door to inquire the news. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell His gibbering, his uncouth gestures, his loose, shambling gait, all irritated Michael inexpressibly. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Rudyard Kipling He was a knock-kneed, shambling young man, naturally devoid of creed or reverence, with a longing for absolute power which his undesirable district gratified. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

James Joyce He moved with a shambling gait round the group and spoke to Stephen. — Did you know that the Forsters are the kings of Belgium? he asked. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce