ramshackle

[ ram-shak-uhl ]
/ ˈræmˌʃæk əl /

adjective

loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky: a ramshackle house.

Nearby words

  1. ramses i,
  2. ramses ii,
  3. ramses iii,
  4. ramsey,
  5. ramsgate,
  6. ramshorn snail,
  7. ramson,
  8. ramsons,
  9. ramstam,
  10. ramstedt operation

Origin of ramshackle

1815–25; compare earlier rans(h)ackled, obscurely akin to ransack

Related formsram·shack·le·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ramshackle

ramshackle

/ (ˈræmˌʃækəl) /

adjective

(esp of buildings) badly constructed or maintained; rickety, shaky, or derelict

Word Origin for ramshackle

C17 ramshackled, from obsolete ransackle to ransack

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Word Origin and History for ramshackle

ramshackle

adj.
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