rickety

[rik-i-tee]
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:
1675–85; ricket(s) + -y1

ricketiness, noun


2. decrepit, frail, withered, unsteady, wobbly.
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rickety (ˈrɪkɪtɪ)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from rickets]
 
'ricketiness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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