loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky: a ramshackle house.

1815–25; compare earlier rans(h)ackled, obscurely akin to ransack

ramshackleness, noun

tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, flimsy.
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ramshackle (ˈræmˌʃækəl)
(esp of buildings) badly constructed or maintained; rickety, shaky, or derelict
[C17 ramshackled, from obsolete ransackle to ransack]

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Word Origin & History

1830, back-formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1675), alteration of ransackled, pp. of ransackle (see ransack).
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Example sentences
Cabins in ramshackle condition and much debris on site.
HE walks to a ramshackle building, way off the beaten track of town.
He has managed to stay at the head of a ramshackle and demoralised coalition of
  some dozen parties.
Continue past a slew of independent art galleries and witness the slow
  gentrification of a once ramshackle neighborhood.
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