Definition of rickety in English:

rickety

Syllabification: rick·et·y
Pronunciation: /ˈrikidē
 
/

adjective

1(Of a structure or piece of equipment) poorly made and likely to collapse: we went carefully up the rickety stairs figurative a rickety banking system
More example sentences
  • That would put an enormous stress on the rickety structure of Australia's political parties.
  • But you did actually go back and ascend this rather rickety structure and made some interesting discoveries.
  • And despite the best efforts of the socialist government, large-scale commercialisation overshadows the country's rickety network of tour operators.
Synonyms
shaky, unsteady, unsound, unsafe, tumbledown, broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle
2(Of a person) suffering from rickets.

Origin

late 17th century: from rickets + -y1.

Derivatives

ricketiness

noun
More example sentences
  • Although its technology is state-of-the-art, the impression of ricketiness gives you a real old-time thrill.

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