9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[rik-i-tee] /ˈrɪk ɪ ti/
adjective, ricketier, ricketiest.
likely to fall or collapse; shaky:
a rickety chair.
feeble in the joints; tottering; infirm:
a rickety old man.
old, dilapidated, or in disrepair.
irregular, as motion or action.
affected with or suffering from rickets.
pertaining to or of the nature of rickets.
Origin of rickety
1675-85; ricket(s) + -y1
Related forms
ricketiness, noun
2. decrepit, frail, withered, unsteady, wobbly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for rickety
  • The smoke settles over the rickety shacks and shabby houses as soon as this city wakes.
  • It may also turn out to be an exceptionally rickety one.
  • And when coupled with this drive's rickety management system, they aren't remotely worth it.
  • The rickety set looks as if it might fall apart at any moment.
  • The trouble is that the ladder is getting more rickety.
  • The site has become a popular weekend haunt for day trippers willing to squeeze through fences and scale rickety scaffolds.
  • They came by ferry rather than rickety steamer, and on the top deck rather than in steerage.
  • Give us wooden floors and rickety chairs, curios and alcoves.
  • The community consists of a handful of rickety clapboard houses and trailers with sheet plastic for windows.
  • The rickety feel of century-old coasters meets the foot-dangling precariousness of inverted coasters.
British Dictionary definitions for rickety


(of a structure, piece of furniture, etc) likely to collapse or break; shaky
feeble with age or illness; infirm
relating to, resembling, or afflicted with rickets
Derived Forms
ricketiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from rickets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rickety

"liable to fall down," 1680s, from rickets (with + -y (2)), via notion of "weak, unhealthy." Literal sense is from c.1720 but never common in English. Of material things, from 1799.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rickety

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rickety

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with rickety