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ramshackle Syllabification: ram·shack·le
Pronunciation: /ˈramˌSHak(ə)l/

Definition of ramshackle in English:


(Especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair: a ramshackle cottage
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  • 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.
tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, decrepit, neglected, run-down, gone to rack and ruin, beat-up, crumbling, decaying;
rickety, shaky, unsound


Early 19th century (originally dialect in the sense 'irregular, disorderly'): alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled 'ransacked'.

  • A shaky building or a car with its bumper tied on with string might be called ramshackle, but it has nothing to do with rams or shackles. The word was originally a dialect term meaning ‘irregular, disorderly’, and is related to ransack.

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