ramshackle

[ ram-shak-uhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF ramshackle

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAMSHACKLE

His ramshackle dwelling was an eighth of a mile from the Gould-Hamilton place.

There was one idle and worthless journeyman in the ramshackle office, and one only.

Paul felt as if the ramshackle building had been out at sea.

It was a ramshackle affair of four streets and sixteen saloons.

I looked round, but the ramshackle cart was hidden by the turn of the road.

From the beginning there had been an ancient and ramshackle cabin.

He untied his horse, attached to a ramshackle buggy, and drove off.

Yet, in spite of her ramshackle exterior, she was not ridiculous.

The woman stood in the doorway of the ramshackle, tumble-down shanty.

They entered a ramshackle dogcart, for which the doctor apologized.

WORD ORIGIN

1809, back-formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1670s), alteration of ransackled, past participle of ransackle (see ransack). The word seems to have been Scottish.

Jamieson's "Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" (1825) has it as a noun meaning "thoughtless, ignorant fellow."

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