Definition of "rickety" []

  • Likely to break or fall apart; shaky. (adjective)
  • Feeble with age; infirm. (adjective)
  • Of, having, or resembling rickets. (adjective)
  • (of a structure, piece of furniture, etc) likely to collapse or break; shaky (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.

  • Feeble with age or illness; infirm (adjective)
  • Relating to, resembling, or afflicted with rickets (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rickety" in a sentence
  • "I have one I haven't read yet (The Immortal, in rickety old hardback), which I'm sort of saving up, the way you save up the last shot of really fine whiskey."
  • "Exhibition games were played in rickety stadiums in front of only a handful of fans."
  • "A befuddled moment passed before he understood she was referring to his rickety motorcycle and not to their assignment as volunteers."