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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 of rickety
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; ricket(s) + -y1
Related forms
ricketiness, noun
Synonyms
2. decrepit, frail, withered, unsteady, wobbly.
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  • He lit a candle, and went cautiously down the rickety staircase.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.

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  • I perceive the altar to be rickety and the Commandments damp.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Another, a third, and a fourth gust rattled and shook the rickety frame.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Under the washshed, which adjoined the kitchen, was a rickety door.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for rickety

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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Word Origin and History for rickety
adj.

"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.

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