Definition of ramshackle adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈræmʃækl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræmʃækl//
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  1. 1(of buildings, vehicles, furniture, etc.) in a very bad condition and needing repair synonym tumbledown a ramshackle house
  2. 2(of an organization or a system) badly organized or designed and not likely to last very long synonym rickety The opposition criticized the government’s ramshackle economic policies.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally dialect in the sense ‘irregular, disorderly’): alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled ‘ransacked’.
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