Definition of tumbledown in English:

tumbledown

adjective

  • (of a building or structure) falling or fallen into ruin; dilapidated.

    • ‘Once just a set of tumbledown cottages, this is now a retreat centre.’
    • ‘This is more like the backwoods America of popular folklore, all tumbledown shacks and pick - up trucks.’
    • ‘She and her sister Lucy were scrambling up a Ligurian hillside under the broiling Italian sun when they spotted a tumbledown house.’
    • ‘The programme will narrate the transformation of a tumbledown church into a striking home with a spectacular interior.’
    • ‘After a very short stretch we came to a row of tumbledown shacks.’
    • ‘Permission to develop the site is not a formality but the presence of tumbledown outbuildings is usually looked upon favourably.’
    • ‘Converting the tumbledown buildings could cost £2 million but he hopes to get help from outside organisations.’
    • ‘I was sick to death of filming green fields and hedgerows and tumbledown barns.’
    • ‘He bought the tumbledown Villa.’
    • ‘These people live in tumbledown shacks which they share with whatever animals they may have.’
    • ‘Life in the tumbledown bathhouse seems hopelessly anachronistic.’
    • ‘A group of security men suddenly emerge from a tumbledown shack, guns thrown over their shoulders as casually as jackets.’
    • ‘Three years ago we also bought an island with a tumbledown house off the Welsh coast.’
    • ‘Princess Grace's three children became owners of the tumbledown cottage after her death.’
    • ‘They live in tumbledown shacks.’
    • ‘The number of tumbledown cottages and derelict properties for sale is going down and building costs are going up.’
    • ‘In 1957, when the decision to restore them was taken, the tumbledown buildings were in a sorry state.’
    • ‘The streets are a hodgepodge of cheap housing next to restored buildings, interspersed with tumbledown shacks.’
    • ‘The court sat in a tumbledown building.’
    • ‘Due for auction on Wednesday, the future of the tumbledown structure now hangs in the balance.’
    dilapidated, ramshackle, crumbling, falling to pieces, disintegrating, decaying, decrepit, broken-down, neglected, run down, in disrepair, uncared-for, badly maintained
    ruined, in ruins, derelict, gone to rack and ruin, ruinous
    rickety, shaky
    shacky
    rumpty
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Pronunciation:

tumbledown

/ˈtəmbəlˌdoun/