Ramshackle is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of ramshackle, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - in deplorable condition
EXAMPLES - Ramshackle in a Sentence
- The area was certainly "ramshackle," to say the least. (source)
- Wierd how urban liberals always pick up on his 'ramshackle' house. (source)
- a kind of ramshackle building that had possibly been a dwelling-house at some time. (source)
- March 30 outside a ramshackle tenement in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street SE. (source)
- I drove past ramshackle barns and houses and wondered at how descriptive that word, "ramshackle" is. (source)
- Had she lived to hear Humfrey's new barn, with the verge boards conceded to her taste, called ramshackle? (source)
- Beyond, over the way, was a kind of ramshackle building that had possibly been a dwelling-house at some time. (source)
- WANDER AIMLESSLY through the genteel corridors of the West Village and take note of the more ramshackle buildings. (source)
- Since we deposed Saddam and the WMD threat was a chimera and some kind of ramshackle unstable government has emerged, (source)
- In drug dealings, most dealers lived in ramshackle housing/with their parents in run down neighborhoods and died early. (source)
- Jablanica, to the west, has a ramshackle roadside market, and the road south is lined with the lamb roasters 'restaurants. (source)
- About 2,000 people live here, in ramshackle trailer homes, weather-battered recreational vehicles and well-kept brick houses. (source)
- In 2005, Mr. Deluce bought the airport's ramshackle terminal and later kicked out an Air Canada regional partner named Jazz Air. (source)
- He was working a few miles from this little ramshackle town in western Kenya at the edge of a pond streaked with bright green scum. (source)
- The three of them now live in a "ramshackle" cottage in West Sussex where they enjoy the good life far away from the glare of paparazzi. (source)
- He says relatively benign economic conditions could make it more attractive for voters to switch to what he called a "ramshackle" opposition. (source)
- Gee whiz, we didn't care about that, we even liked it, because it was old-fashioned and kind of ramshackle; it made it seem like a good place for camping. (source)
- They rented a "ramshackle" basement apartment, which they nicknamed "The Dark," added a potted plant that was given the same name, and began writing songs. (source)
- I once made the horrible mistake of flying on an internal Mongolian flight from the capital Ulaanbaatar to a ramshackle town in the heart of the Gobi desert. (source)
- It's a fabulous fact that our farmers, with rudimentary infrastructure -- with totally ramshackle infrastructure -- are producing food for over 1 billion people. (source)
- Maybe it was the ramshackle feel of the mill, or perhaps it was a consistent aesthetic throughout the show, but I'd love to hear if any of you got the same impression. (source)
- Police initially had said that four people were killed in the drive-by attack, which occurred about 7: 30 a.m. outside a ramshackle tenement in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street SE. (source)
- Gross is a kind of ramshackle Inspector Javert to Pearlman's Jean Valjean, a man who has spent years trying to warn investors and government agencies about the kid he first knew as "Fat Louie." (source)
- Technically Huffington Post is "new media" but their name showed up in the Times article, and besides, their Tumblr has the same kind of ramshackle, crazy-aunt charm as the regular Huffington Post. (source)
- She hurried on ahead, and in a very few yards they reached a terrible kind of ramshackle structure of wood and mud which looked as if it had become unaccountably stuck while half way through collapsing. (source)
- Lazarus stood just inside the door to the gatehouse, a ramshackle building empty save for a nest of mice whose droppings could be seen strewn across the dusty floors and piled in untidy heaps by the wainscoting. (source)
- The hypnotically undulating rhythms and wavering repetitive melodies of this Congolese septet recall the ramshackle tribal energy of M. I.A.'s debut (with authenticity replacing the overweening ego/sense of entitlement). (source)
- I've heard a number of people suggest that the film is less precise than usual for the Coens; its "ramshackle" nature indicative of what a personal story this is for them (it draws deeply on their own childhoods in many ways). (source)
- If we could just get over our blinding hatred of unions and public sector workers, we might see that we do in fact have the money we need to rebuild our ramshackle infrastructure, enhance public education and create a new green economy. (source)
- Americans shudder at that poor education so many of our children receive, but the desire to get them out of schools that can only be described as ramshackle frequently collides with the attitude that no taxes should be raised to change the situation. (source)
- Americans shudder at that poor education so many of our children receive, but the desire to get them out of schools that can only be described as ramshackle frequently collides with the attitude that no taxes should be raised to change the situation .... " (source)
- Artist and teacher Bruce and Debs Davies have transformed the basement of their terraced house - which they admit themselves is a little 'ramshackle' - into a cultural facility which they hope ultimately will be available for residencies and exhibitions on a regular basis. (source)
- Shirley Jackson, author of one of the most marvelously sinister novels of all time, "The Haunting of Hill House," and of the short story "The Lottery," also wrote two charming autobiographical novels about raising her four children in a ramshackle farmhouse in rural Vermont. (source)
- There's everything from shaggy power pop to ramshackle punk here, even a Mississippi hill country adaptation of Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again," inspired, as the band's bio explains, by a suggestion the elder Dickinson made shortly before he died. (source)
- This season's episodes of "Shara'a Simsim," the Palestinian version of the global "Sesame Street" franchise, were filmed in a satellite campus of Al-Quds University, a ramshackle four-story concrete structure that houses the school's media department and a small local television station. (source)
- But there's no denying that there is a kind of ramshackle structure to the series and though he toyed for ages with writing a sixth book and resolving the story, I think I read in an interview somewhere that he decided that it was best left as it was (insert the discussion from Kevin Smith's Clerks about life being a series of down endings). (source)
- Looking ahead to 2025, the NIC (which coordinates analysis from all the US intelligence agencies), foresees a fragmented world, where conflict over scarce resources is on the rise, poorly contained by "ramshackle" international institutions, while nuclear proliferation, particularly in the Middle East, and even nuclear conflict grow more likely. (source)
- In the sequence that precedes the flag-raising, for instance, we see the beaches of Guadalcanal littered with the mutilated and charred corpses of both American and Japanese soldiers; and throughout we see wounded men lying in ramshackle battlefield hospitals, their flesh, fatigues, and bandages caked with dirt and blood, all on display in the most gruesome crystal clarity. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "ramshackle" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 15 synonyms for ramshackle.
broken-down, crumbling, decrepit, derelict, dilapidated, flimsy, jerry-built, rickety, shabby, shaky, tottering, tumble-down, unfirm, unsafe, unsteady
We have 7 antonyms for ramshackle.
good, nice, repaired, solid, sound, stable, sturdy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of ramshackle from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) So poorly constructed or kept up that disintegration is likely; rickety: a ramshackle cabin in the woods.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Loose; disjointed; falling to pieces; out of repair.
- (verb-transitive) To search or ransack; to rummage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair; crazy; tumble-down; unregulated; chaotic.
- (noun) A thoughtless fellow.
- (None) A corrupt form of ransack, confused with ramshackle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) in deplorable condition