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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. dilapidated or infirm, as from age.

  2. out of working order, as from use or age.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down(adj)

    in deplorable condition

    "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"

  2. broken-down(adj)

    not in working order

    "had to push the broken-down car"; "a broken-down tractor fit only for children to play on"


  1. broken-down(Adjective)

    no longer in working order

  2. broken-down(Adjective)

    not properly maintained; neglected


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