rickety

[ rik-i-tee ]
/ ˈrɪk ɪ ti /

adjective, rick·et·i·er, rick·et·i·est.

likely to fall or collapse; shaky: a rickety chair.
feeble in the joints; tottering; infirm: a rickety old man.
old, dilapidated, or in disrepair.
irregular, as motion or action.
affected with or suffering from rickets.
pertaining to or of the nature of rickets.

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Origin of rickety

First recorded in 1675–85; ricket(s) + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM rickety

rick·et·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rickety

rickety
/ (ˈrɪkɪtɪ) /

adjective

(of a structure, piece of furniture, etc) likely to collapse or break; shaky
feeble with age or illness; infirm
relating to, resembling, or afflicted with rickets

Derived forms of rickety

ricketiness, noun

Word Origin for rickety

C17: from rickets
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