AskDefine | Define ramshackle

Dictionary Definition

ramshackle adj : in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack" [syn: bedraggled, broken-down, dilapidated, tatterdemalion, tumble-down, unsound]

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Etymology

First attested 1830, , from ransackled, past participle of ransackle, frequentative of ransaken.

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈræmˌʃæk.əl/, /"r

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