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Definition of "rickety" []

  • Likely to break or fall apart; shaky. (adjective)
  • Feeble with age; infirm. (adjective)
  • Of, having, or resembling rickets. (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 "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."