What does ramshackle mean?

Definitions for ramshackleˈræmˌʃæk əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ramshackle.

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"


  1. ramshackle(Adjective)

    In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.

  2. Origin: First attested 1830, , from ransackled, past participle of ransackle, frequentative of ransaken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ramshackle(adj)

    loose; disjointed; falling to pieces; out of repair

  2. Ramshackle(verb)

    to search or ransack; to rummage

  3. Origin: [Etymol. uncertain.]


  1. Ramshackle

    Ramshackle was an electronic dub group that released two albums and collaborated with such artists as Steve Winwood, Jah Wobble, and Maxi Jazz. They released two albums, "Depthology" and "Chin on the Kerb" in the 1990s and a remixed version of their song, "Eyes, Lips, Body" was included on the Hackers soundtrack. DEFINITION ram·shack·le /ˈramˌSHakəl/ Adjective In a state of severe disrepair. Synonyms dilapidated - decrepit - rickety

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ramshackle

    ram′shak′l, adj. tumble-down: ill-made: out of repair—also Ram′shackled.—n. (Scot.) a careless fellow.—adj. Ram′shackly. [Ice. ramskakkr, quite wrong—ramr, strong, very, skakkr, wry, unequal.]

  2. Ramshackle

    ram′shak′l, v.t.=Ransack.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramshackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramshackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    However steep or ramshackle they may be, don't ever despise the stairs which take you up to higher levels!

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