- (Especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair: a ramshackle cottageMore example sentences
- The action of the play takes place in a remote ramshackle beach house built on sand dunes.
- When I was a small child, we lived in a ramshackle house with an old pressed tin roof.
- Off to one side was a gray, derelict, ramshackle house that looked ready to fall down.
early 19th century (originally dialect in the sense 'irregular, disorderly'): alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled 'ransacked'.