ramshackle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈræmʃækəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈræmˌʃækəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ramshak′əl)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•shack•le /ˈræmˌʃækəl/USA pronunciation   adj. [usually before a noun]
  1. loosely made or held together;
    rickety;
    shaky:a ramshackle house.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ram•shack•le  (ramshak′əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. loosely made or held together;
    rickety;
    shaky:a ramshackle house.
ramshack′le•ness, n. 
  • compare earlier rans(h)ackled, obscurely akin to ransack 1815–25
    tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, flimsy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ramshackle /ˈræmˌʃækəl/ adj
  1. (esp of buildings) badly constructed or maintained; rickety, shaky, or derelict
Etymology: 17th Century ramshackled, from obsolete ransackle to ransack
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