American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Likely to break or fall apart; shaky.
- adj. Feeble with age; infirm.
- adj. Of, having, or resembling rickets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affected with rickets.
- Feeble in the joints; tottering; infirm; hence, in general, shaky; liable to fall or collapse, as a table, chair, bridge, etc.; figuratively, ill-sustained; weak.
- adj. Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky.
- adj. Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering.
- adj. Affected with or suffering from rickets.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Affected with rickets.
- adj. Feeble in the joints; imperfect; weak; shaky.
- adj. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
- adj. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
- adj. affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets
- From rickets. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have one I haven't read yet (The Immortal, in rickety old hardback), which I'm sort of saving up, the way you save up the last shot of really fine whiskey.”
“Exhibition games were played in rickety stadiums in front of only a handful of fans.”
“A befuddled moment passed before he understood she was referring to his rickety motorcycle and not to their assignment as volunteers.”
“Aged and poverty-stricken army officers would drive up to the doorstep behind rickety old horses and in rickety carryalls.”
“This is the first time I've heard Russian hardware referred to as "rickety" -- "hell-for-stout" is the more usual description I've encountered.”
“His figure — what is commonly called rickety from his birth — presented a most ridiculous appearance, dressed in thick padded clothes, as a safeguard against being stabbed (of which he lived in continual fear), of a grass-green colour from head to foot, with a hunting-horn dangling at his side instead of a sword, and his hat and feather sticking over one eye, or hanging on the back of his head, as he happened to toss it on.”
“His figure -- what is commonly called rickety from his birth -- presented a most ridiculous appearance, dressed in thick padded clothes, as a safeguard against being stabbed (of which he lived in continual fear), of a grass-green colour from head to foot, with a hunting-horn dangling at his side instead of a sword, and his hat and feather sticking over one eye, or hanging on the back of his head, as he happened to toss it on.”
“Another house on the compound, built by an Indonesian housing agency, looks decidedly rickety, which is why a relative who was supposed to move into it is still renting.”
“I hate that Bianca's brand of crazy, though, is kind of rickety, slow and boring.”
“What started as a two-page business plan and a Levy-confessed "rickety" newsletter now reaches 3.3 million subscribers each day in 12 local editions worldwide.”
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