• WordNet 3.6
    • n ricketiness the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in place
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ricketiness The state or character of being rickety; hence, in general, shaki-ness; unsteadiness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ricketiness unsteadiness
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From M. E. wrikken, to twist, allied to A.S. wringan, to twist. The medical term rachitis was coined about 1650, with a punning allusion to Gr. rhachis, the spine.


In literature:

A dozen men of both factions crowded about the little rickety man, some to hold him for Mr.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
To my surprise he sank heavily into the rickety chair by the stove.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
There is a dingy, pension-claim office, with cripples and sorrowful-looking women in black, sitting about on rickety chairs.
"Violets and Other Tales" by Alice Ruth Moore
Going up the passage I have mentioned above, and climbing a rickety stair, I found myself in a room containing a couple of clerks.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
He did it for one day, in pensive silence, and then sneaked the wash-things back to the rickety old bench outside the door.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Some of you call it Rickety Dick, or Willy Wagtail.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
He felt too rickety to face the President until he had drank several more glasses of brandy.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
He went up the rickety stairs, and, as he had expected, found the door of the bedroom locked.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
The room at the foot of the rickety, patched stairs was empty.
"Nibsy's Christmas" by Jacob A. Riis
Then, at either end of the rickety structure, they set up a stick in the road.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

And with them that rickety edifice
Of warehouses, derricks, smokestacks and bridges
In the distance. All around us the water slips
And gossips in its loose vernacular,
Ferrying the smells of cod and tar.
"A Winter Ship" by Sylvia Plath
On the rickety sign-board no learning could spell
The merchant who sold, or the goods he'd to sell;
But for house and for man a new title took growth,
Like a fungus,--the Dirt gave its name to them both.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
I told him I must trot in the shafts where I was put,
Nor look round at the cart, but set foremost my best foot;
It was rather rickety, and the axle wanted oil,
But I always slept at night with the deep sleep of toil!
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald
They left their wives that morning without any dread,
Never thinking, at the burning pile, they would be killed dead
By the falling of the rickety and insecure walls;
When I think of it, kind Christians, my heart it appals!
"The Clepington Catastrophe" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

On the first night of July 1951, the Carthage Cubs shuffled onto rickety buses that would take them from Jaycee Park to the YMCA in Pittsburg, Kan.
GlobalPost takes a close look at Cuba's rickety economy and what may be in store for it.
A New York newspaper headline read "Rickety Barnes," and now there are more comparisons to Ricky and his father.
It's about an Olympic distance runner named Louie Zamperini who becomes an Air Force bombardier on a rickety B-24.
I have a rickety old pull-down stairway to my attic.
Childhood friends marking 50 years since ' rickety ' bike ride north.
Michigan trades rickety old tax model for new one.
Readers sound off on rickety boat ramps, voting problems, population growth and Bear Force One.
Word from a rickety boat.
As the rickety Greyhound bus winds down Interstate 10 toward Arizona, the ocean breeze slowly melts into the hot desert air.
Tom WinterA rickety double chair at Russia's Krasnaya Polyana.
Kate Hudson plays a live-in nurse whose snooping around her employer's rickety mansion unlocks a Pandora's box.
It's tucked away in a tiny spot on a rickety street in downtown Miami.
UP a flight of rickety stairs in Hanoi is a 100-year-old restaurant that is often a must-not-miss in guidebooks.
Ozzy Osbourne may be a rickety, self-described "lunatic".

In science:

As you would have rightly noticed, the journey has been somewhat random and in places rather rickety. I made no serious efforts to be otherwise; it had never been my intention to take you through all the topics in this vast and growing field.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem