- In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:ramshackle
- They stayed in a ramshackle cabin on the beach.
- 1854, Arthur Pendennis [pseudonym; William Makepeace Thackeray], The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family, volume I, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], →OCLC, page 347:
- There came […] my lord the cardinal, in his ramshackle coach.
- 1915, Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, London: The Hogarth Press, published 1949, →OCLC:
- The villa was a roomy white house, which, as is the case with most continental houses, looked to an English eye frail, ramshackle, and absurdly frivolous, more like a pagoda in a tea-garden than a place where one slept.
- 1915, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter XXXVIII, in Of Human Bondage, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, →OCLC:
- When they got out of the Gare du Nord, and trundled along the cobbled streets in a ramshackle, noisy cab, it seemed to him that he was breathing a new air so intoxicating that he could hardly restrain himself from shouting aloud.
- Badly or carelessly organized.
- 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova”, in The Guardian:
- So ramshackle was the locals' attempt at defence that, with energetic wingers pouring into the space behind panicked full-backs and centre-halves dizzied by England's movement, it was cruel to behold at times.
- 2022 October 5, David Wallace-Wells, “Progressives Should Rally Around a Clean Energy Construction Boom”, in The New York Times:
- The alliance that pushed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in August was always a somewhat fragile and ramshackle one: Green New Dealers and the coal-state senator Joe Manchin, carbon-capture geeks and environmental justice warriors, all herded together in the sort of big-tent play you get with a 50-50 Senate and one party functionally indifferent on climate.
in disrepair or disorder