Definition of ramshackle in English:



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

    ‘a ramshackle cottage’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are renting a remote, ramshackle house near the coast for the summer.’
    • ‘A makeshift wooden bridge is the only access to the ramshackle dwelling leading from the road.’
    • ‘The soldier entered the ramshackle beach house, which lay apart from the main camp of tents.’
    • ‘It is at his ramshackle house that the game takes place, with Nora filling the men's glasses from time to time.’
    • ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
    • ‘Instead of fleeing he walked right into the house next door and calmly walked into a ramshackle apartment he had hired there.’
    • ‘Just upstream, behind a clump of trees rose a ramshackle spire; standing in dignified disrepair.’
    • ‘I was living in a ramshackle house that had been given an unenthusiastic upgrade.’
    • ‘Most of the houses in the settlement still had ramshackle wooden or corrugated iron structures in their backyards.’
    • ‘The Main was little more than a ramshackle row of sausage-sandwich delis with butchered animals in the window.’
    • ‘Here I was in this tiny ramshackle village, St Paul's, the complete antithesis of the metropolis.’
    • ‘The Blunt family home was a large, ramshackle house with an untended and brambly garden.’
    • ‘Wide expanses of countryside are uninhabited save for the occasional ramshackle farmhouse.’
    • ‘Lewis Blayse lives alone in a ramshackle house in the country.’
    • ‘Beyond the fence is an apparently ramshackle dwelling with a sagging roof and peeling white pigment on the sides.’
    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
    shambly, geriatric
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Early 19th century (originally dialect in the sense irregular, disorderly): alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled ransacked.