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rickety

[rik-i-tee] /ˈrɪk ɪ ti/
adjective, ricketier, ricketiest.
1.
likely to fall or collapse; shaky:
a rickety chair.
2.
feeble in the joints; tottering; infirm:
a rickety old man.
3.
old, dilapidated, or in disrepair.
4.
irregular, as motion or action.
5.
affected with or suffering from rickets.
6.
pertaining to or of the nature of rickets.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; ricket(s) + -y1
Related forms
ricketiness, noun
Synonyms
2. decrepit, frail, withered, unsteady, wobbly.
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British Dictionary definitions for ricketiness

rickety

/ˈrɪkɪtɪ/
adjective
1.
(of a structure, piece of furniture, etc) likely to collapse or break; shaky
2.
feeble with age or illness; infirm
3.
relating to, resembling, or afflicted with rickets
Derived Forms
ricketiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from rickets
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