Definition of tumbledown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌmb(ə)ldaʊn/


(Of a building or other structure) falling or fallen into ruin; dilapidated: tumbledown cottages
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  • The streets are a hodgepodge of cheap housing next to restored buildings, interspersed with tumbledown shacks.
  • The court sat in a tumbledown building.
  • Converting the tumbledown buildings could cost £2 million but he hopes to get help from outside organisations.
dilapidated, ramshackle, crumbling, falling to pieces, disintegrating, decaying, decrepit, broken-down, neglected, run down, in disrepair, uncared-for, badly maintained;
ruined, in ruins, derelict, gone to rack and ruin, ruinous;
rickety, shaky
North American informal shacky
Australian/New Zealand informal rumpty

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