Definition of ramshackle in English:

ramshackle

adjective

  • (especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair.

    ‘a ramshackle cottage’
    • ‘The action of the play takes place in a remote ramshackle beach house built on sand dunes.’
    • ‘Off to one side was a gray, derelict, ramshackle house that looked ready to fall down.’
    • ‘They are renting a remote, ramshackle house near the coast for the summer.’
    • ‘Most of the houses in the settlement still had ramshackle wooden or corrugated iron structures in their backyards.’
    • ‘Wide expanses of countryside are uninhabited save for the occasional ramshackle farmhouse.’
    • ‘The Blunt family home was a large, ramshackle house with an untended and brambly garden.’
    • ‘The soldier entered the ramshackle beach house, which lay apart from the main camp of tents.’
    • ‘Instead of fleeing he walked right into the house next door and calmly walked into a ramshackle apartment he had hired there.’
    • ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
    • ‘Beyond the fence is an apparently ramshackle dwelling with a sagging roof and peeling white pigment on the sides.’
    • ‘Here I was in this tiny ramshackle village, St Paul's, the complete antithesis of the metropolis.’
    • ‘Lewis Blayse lives alone in a ramshackle house in the country.’
    • ‘It is at his ramshackle house that the game takes place, with Nora filling the men's glasses from time to time.’
    • ‘When I was a small child, we lived in a ramshackle house with an old pressed tin roof.’
    • ‘Just upstream, behind a clump of trees rose a ramshackle spire; standing in dignified disrepair.’
    • ‘A makeshift wooden bridge is the only access to the ramshackle dwelling leading from the road.’
    • ‘I was living in a ramshackle house that had been given an unenthusiastic upgrade.’
    • ‘The Main was little more than a ramshackle row of sausage-sandwich delis with butchered animals in the window.’
    • ‘Then a bit of back road took us past ramshackle sheds and the gilded gates of Cawton Cottage, which is huge and not a cottage.’
    • ‘I reached his ramshackle lean-to, promptly leaned against my usual beam and opened the folded papers.’
    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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

ramshackle

/ˈramʃak(ə)l/