Ramshackle
Ramshackle Ram"shac*kle (r[a^]m"sh[a^]k*k'l), a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Loose; disjointed; falling to pieces; out of repair. [1913 Webster]

There came . . . my lord the cardinal, in his ramshackle coach. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]


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  • ramshackle — (adj.) 1809, back formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1670s), alteration of ransackled, pp. of ransackle (see RANSACK (Cf. ransack)). The word seems to have been regarded as Scottish. Reading over this note to an American gentleman,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ramshackle — [ram′shak΄əl] adj. [back form. < ramshackled, for earlier ransackled, pp. of ransackle, freq. of RANSACK] loose and rickety; likely to fall to pieces; shaky [a ramshackle old building] …   English World dictionary

  • Ramshackle — Ram shac*kle, v. t. To search or ransack; to rummage. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ramshackle — index dilapidated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ramshackle — [adj] falling apart; in poor condition broken down, crumbling, decrepit, derelict, dilapidated, flimsy, jerry built*, rickety, shabby, shaky, tottering, tumble down, unfirm, unsafe, unsteady; concepts 485,488 Ant. good, nice, repaired, stable …   New thesaurus

  • ramshackle — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in a state of severe disrepair. ORIGIN from obsolete ransackled «ransacked» …   English terms dictionary

  • ramshackle — [[t]ræ̱mʃæk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A ramshackle building is badly made or in bad condition, and looks as if it is likely to fall down. They entered the shop, which was a curious ramshackle building. Syn: tumbledown 2) ADJ GRADED: usu… …   English dictionary

  • ramshackle — ram|shack|le [ˈræmʃækəl] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: ransack] a ramshackle building or vehicle is in bad condition and in need of repair = ↑tumbledown ▪ a ramshackle old cottage …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ramshackle — adjective a ramshackle building or vehicle is in bad condition and in need of repair: a ramshackle old farmhouse …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ramshackle — adjective Etymology: alteration of earlier ransackled, from past participle of obsolete ransackle, frequentative of ransack Date: 1830 1. appearing ready to collapse ; rickety 2. carelessly or loosely constructed < a ramshackle plot > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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