Definition of ramshackle in English:

ramshackle

Line breaks: ram|shackle
Pronunciation: /ˈramʃak(ə)l
 
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adjective

(Especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair: a ramshackle cottage
More 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.
Synonyms
tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, neglected, gone to rack and ruin, run down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating, rickety, shaky, unsteady, broken down, unsound, unsafe
informal shambly, geriatric
North American informal shacky

Origin

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

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