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Definition of "ramshackle" []

  • So poorly constructed or kept up that disintegration is likely; rickety: a ramshackle cabin in the woods. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ramshackle" in a sentence
  • "In the sequence that precedes the flag-raising, for instance, we see the beaches of Guadalcanal littered with the mutilated and charred corpses of both American and Japanese soldiers; and throughout we see wounded men lying in ramshackle battlefield hospitals, their flesh, fatigues, and bandages caked with dirt and blood, all on display in the most gruesome crystal clarity."
  • "About 2,000 people live here, in ramshackle trailer homes, weather-battered recreational vehicles and well-kept brick houses."
  • "In drug dealings, most dealers lived in ramshackle housing/with their parents in run down neighborhoods and died early."