Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being rickety; hence, in general, shaki-ness; unsteadiness.

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  • noun The state or condition of being rickety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in place

Etymologies

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rickety +‎ -ness

Examples

  • But it doesn't follow that this car's then not starting will be caused by its property of ricketiness.

    Naturalism

  • Then ricketiness will supervene on physical properties.

    Naturalism

  • I came away with a little round table for $8, the ricketiness of which I thought I could cure easily.

    Yard Sales!

  • How it paid him might be inferred from the oldness of his clothes and the ricketiness of his office.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport A Story of New York at the Present Day

  • When she had made the old miser's rooms to her mind, we might have understood, if we had speculated about it, how it was that she had not profited by my mother's sound advice to send all his "rubbishy odds and ends" (the irregularity and ricketiness and dustiness of which made my mother shudder) to be

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys

  • The stylized vocals remain, teetering on the brink of psychosis, but the sound's no longer cluttered with notes flying everywhere, and the melodies have been simplified, retaining just enough of an endearing ricketiness.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • The stylized vocals remain, teetering on the brink of psychosis, but the sound's no longer cluttered with notes flying everywhere, and the melodies have been simplified, retaining just enough of an endearing ricketiness.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • The stylized vocals remain, teetering on the brink of psychosis, but the sound's no longer cluttered with notes flying everywhere, and the melodies have been simplified, retaining just enough of an endearing ricketiness.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • (Suppose ricketiness, in a car, is defined as the property of having some loose part.

    Naturalism

  • I didn’t start doubting the contraption’s safety until after boarding the gondola, and noting the rust and ricketiness, and that we’d been seated in #13.

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