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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rickety
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a rickety bamboo fence
▪ The staircase was old and rickety.
▪ They sat around the card table on rickety old chairs.
▪ We climbed up two flights of rickety wooden stairs.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A blur of rickety shops does heavy business seven days a week.
▪ And despite the rickety infrastructure, computer networks are growing fast.
▪ In the early 1970s, Ford introduced a rickety compact called the Maverick.
▪ It evokes a precarious world which is so rickety that it may, at any time, collapse.
▪ It was a rather rickety affair that creaked embarrassingly when I sat down in it and ever after when I moved.
▪ On icy winter mornings, they bathe in foot tubs before the open flame of a rickety gas heater.
▪ Suddenly, borne across the bridge on the muddy tide, came a rickety wooden construction like a toolshed.
▪ They rode in the rickety wagon across the prairie until they reached a railroad track.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rickety

Rickety \Rick"et*y\, a.

  1. Affected with rickets.

  2. Feeble in the joints; imperfect; weak; shaky.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
rickety

"liable to fall down," 1680s, from rickets (with + -y (2)), via notion of "weak, unhealthy." Literal sense is from c.1720 but never common in English. Of material things, from 1799.

Wiktionary
rickety

a. 1 Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky. 2 Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering. 3 Affected with or suffering from rickets. alt. 1 Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky. 2 Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering. 3 Affected with or suffering from rickets.

WordNet
rickety

adj. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect; "a rickety table"; "a wobbly chair with shaky legs"; "the ladder felt a little wobbly"; "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky" [syn: shaky, wobbly, wonky]

Usage examples of "rickety".

The only furniture was a rickety angareb covered with coarse sacking in which numerous blood-sucking insects had already set up home.

She knew it from the stiff-backed way Aunty Em climbed down from the rickety wagon and from the way she folded up the hides, with a series of smart snaps, as if they were something rare and precious, to be protected.

Next morning, driven to his hotel by Nat Fraser, Frank found not only his suitcases and the personal things that had been stolen from him by the muggers, but a pile of Swiss francs and Moroccan dirhams atop the rickety dresser.

Presently we glided beneath a rickety footbridge and came to a quarter where the doors of the houses were painted a bright red, and there were a good many moorings with gondoli and even a gilded bissone tied at dock.

He was dancing with a rickety liveliness, his goatish legs and shriveled body giving him the look of an emaciated satyr.

He left the knapsack in the weeds, and secreted one short-fused bomb against a rickety godown, the other behind a hovel.

Carrier and Champlain of New France in the east have their counterparts and contemporaries on the Pacific coast of America in Francis Drake, the English pirate on the coast of California, and in Staduchin and Deshneff and other Cossack plunderers of the North Pacific, whose rickety keels first ploughed a furrow over the trackless sea out from Asia.

And Rune pushed past Will and led him by the faltering light of the knubby candle up a flight of rickety stairs, and eventually to the lodgings of Hugo Rune.

He passed a pair of ragged mumpers, sidestepped an aging doxy, saw the open doorway, and started down the rickety wooden stairs.

February, 1793, when Agnes, with eyes swollen with tears, a market basket on her arm, and a look of dreary despair on her young face, turned that selfsame angle on her way to the Pont Neuf, and nearly fell over the rickety construction which sheltered him and his stock-in-trade.

Oil lamp in hand, Novato began climbing the rickety stairs of the scaffolding.

Crashing through windows with a swift tinkle of glass, then through the uncolored dark of the canopy world, to the rickety craft named Swift Wisdom that would go up one more time but would never be able to come down again, the last two flyers escaped through the pachydermous canopy.

The rickety house shook to a heavy, prideless tread, and through the inner door came Sarah, middle-aged, lop-breasted, hair-tousled, her face lined with care and fat petulance.

Elisha near the guard shack on the same rickety stool as the day before and watched the truck cross the square and stop directly in front of the entrance to the Rabbinical Tunnel.

Corus-cant fell, Sakins looted the capital treasury, taking gems and other valuables dating back thousands of years-a tremendous fortune, and one easily transportable-and departed Vannix on the rickety but very comfortable military corvette that served as his personal transportation.