One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a ramshackle cottage’
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
informal shambly, geriatric
North American informal shacky
NZ Australian informal rumpty
well maintained, sturdy
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