Ramshackle meaning

rămshăkəl
So poorly constructed or kept up that disintegration is likely; rickety.

A ramshackle cabin in the woods.

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Loose and rickety; likely to fall to pieces; shaky.

A ramshackle old building.

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The definition of ramshackle is something that is badly in need of repair or that is likely to fall apart.

A house with boarded up windows and a sagging foundation that could fall over at any time is an example of a ramshackle house.

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In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.
  • 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova", The Guardian.
    So ramshackle was the locals' attempt at defence that, with energetic wingers pouring into the space behind panicked full-backs and centre-halves dizzied by England's movement, it was cruel to behold at times. The contest did not extend beyond the half-hour mark.

They stayed in a ramshackle cabin on the beach.

He entered the ramshackle bus, and was driven a long distance through very sandy streets to the hotel on the St. Lawrence.

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Origin of ramshackle

  • Back-formation from obsolete ranshackled ramshackle alteration of ransackled past participle of ransackle to ransack frequentative of Middle English ransaken to pillage ransack

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1830, back-formation from ramshackled, from ransackled, past participle of ransackle (“to ransack"), frequentative of Middle English ransaken (“to pillage").

    From Wiktionary