Ramshackle

Pronunciation: [ ram-shak-uhl ]


Definition: adjective

loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky

Origin: Early 19th century; English


Etymology: alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled ‘ransacked’


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • broken-down

  • crumbling

  • decrepit

  • derelict

  • dilapidated

  • flimsy

  • rickety

  • shabby

Antonyms:

  • solid

  • sound

  • sturdy

  • nice

  • stable

Example: They lived in a ramshackle apartment.

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