The definition of ramshackle is something that is badly in need of repair or that is likely to fall apart.(adjective)
A house with boarded up windows and a sagging foundation that could fall over at any time is an example of a ramshackle house.
See ramshackle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: back-form. < ramshackled, for earlier ransackled, pp. of ransackle, freq. of ransack
See ramshackle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Back-formation from obsolete ranshackled, ramshackle
Origin: , alteration of ransackled
Origin: , past participle of ransackle, to ransack
Origin: , frequentative of Middle English ransaken, to pillage; see ransack.
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