ram-shackle

ramshackle

[ram-shak-uhl]
adjective
loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky: a ramshackle house.

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

ramshackleness, noun


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

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ramshackle
1830, back-formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1675), alteration of ransackled, pp. of ransackle (see ransack).
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