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ramshackle

Syllabification: ram·shack·le
Pronunciation: /ˈramˌSHak(ə)l
 
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Definition of ramshackle in English:

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, decrepit, neglected, run-down, gone to rack and ruin, beat-up, crumbling, decaying;
rickety, shaky, unsound

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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