• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ramshackle in deplorable condition "a street of bedraggled tenements","a broken-down fence","a ramshackle old pier","a tumble-down shack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ramshackle răm"shăk*k'l Loose; disjointed; falling to pieces; out of repair. "There came . . . my lord the cardinal, in his ramshackle coach."
    • v. t Ramshackle To search or ransack; to rummage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ramshackle Loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair; crazy; tumble-down; unregulated; chaotic.
    • n ramshackle A thoughtless fellow.
    • ramshackle A corrupt form of ransack, confused with ramshackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ramshackle ram′shak′l tumble-down: ill-made: out of repair—also Ram′shackled
    • n Ramshackle (Scot.) a careless fellow
    • v.t Ramshackle ram′shak′l =Ransack.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain


In literature:

Some places we had to climb over the old ramshackle booths, but that was easy.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
In the street a luxurious limousine was tooting for a ramshackle prairie schooner to turn to one side.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
It was like camp days to scatter ourselves about the big ramshackle place.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
Nancy gazed back at her old ramshackle hotel, and then her eyes rested softly on young John's face.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
Then they are cast out a mental, moral and physical wreck to live to the end in some ramshackle building, shunned by everyone.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Carrying the boots in his hand, he walked beside the Wildcat toward the ramshackle hotel below Burnside Street.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
But it would have been so infinitely nicer to wheel a very dirty baby in a very ramshackle perambulator when I was eight.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It was a trap-door, leading into a square, ramshackle shed!
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
I daresay my carriage is more comfortable than that ramshackle old trap of theirs.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
The next minute a ramshackle, two-seated rig, with a man and a boy on the front seat, came into sight.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

In news:

Bimbo 's is a ramshackle old cabin-like structure set among a grove of Christmas light-draped oak trees in the middle of nowhere on the far northwest side of town.
The ramshackle restaurant—part screen porch, part tinderwood dining room—teeters on the lip of the bay.
With a cigarette in one hand and a plastic bag containing his possessions in the other, Branko Markan stares at what used to be his ramshackle home.
Every morning at Malcolm X Shabazz High School, before Shakespeare or algebra, all 1,215 students form four jagged lines to be patted down for weapons in this South Side neighborhood of vacant lots and ramshackle buildings.
But it's creating a nightmare for teachers waiting to hear about jobs and state officials scrambling to get ramshackle school buildings ready.
One of the standards of comedic theater is the mystery farce, and " Ramshackle Inn" by George Batson at Magic City's Arvel Graving Theater this weekend is a classic of the genre.
Welcome to my ramshackle world.
In the sullen refugee camps and ramshackle riverside huts here that house thousands of Surinamese who have fled their country's four-year civil war, recent word of peace has brought only feelings of bitter helplessness.
The Biddeford City Council has voted unanimously to seize by eminent domain a convicted double murderer's ramshackle home and tear it down.
Its ramshackle brand of lo-fi pop is less straightforward than it sounds, however, thanks to towering power chords and scorching drums (see: "Zit").
As my own rickshaw vied for position in the labyrinthine, ramshackle shop-filled corridors of Old Delhi, I settled into the chaos.
Ari Henning Atlanta Backyard Ramshackle Workshop.
The parking lot of this low-slung, ramshackle spot is almost always full, a testament to its mastery of New Mexico's culinary sensation: green-chili cheeseburgers.
A creative do-it-yourselfer saves a ramshackle New Hampshire house.
Ten years ago this month, a songwriter from nowhere and his ramshackle band brought out one of the few truly great albums of this generation, a musical curio so gloriously odd that it almost defies explanation.