ramshackle

[ ram-shak-uhl ]
/ ˈræmˌʃæk əl /

adjective

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

Origin of ramshackle

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

Related forms

ram·shack·le·ness, noun
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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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