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ramshackle

[ram-shak-uh l] /ˈræmˌʃæk əl/
adjective
1.
loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky:
a ramshackle house.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; compare earlier rans(h)ackled, obscurely akin to ransack
Related forms
ramshackleness, noun
Synonyms
tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, flimsy.
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Examples for ramshackle
  • 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.
  • It is a ramshackle structure painted a bold, bright yellow.
  • Boxes were scattered everywhere in a ramshackle way.
  • The northern towns swell, turning into ramshackle mud cities.
  • The weather-beaten diner has a decidedly ramshackle.
  • But the multiple scandals are straining her ramshackle coalition.
  • It's prisoners live not in cells, but in metal forests and ramshackle cities.
British Dictionary definitions for ramshackle

ramshackle

/ˈræmˌʃækəl/
adjective
1.
(esp of buildings) badly constructed or maintained; rickety, shaky, or derelict
Word Origin
C17 ramshackled, from obsolete ransackle to ransack
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Word Origin and History for ramshackle
ramshackle
1830, back-formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1675), alteration of ransackled, pp. of ransackle (see ransack).
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