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ramshackle

[ ram-shak-uhl ]
/ ˈræmˌʃæk əl /
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adjective
loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky: a ramshackle house.
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Origin of ramshackle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ramshackle

ram·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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