from The Century Dictionary.

  • Shaky; rickety; tottering; ramshackle; especially, in feeble health.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Colloq. U. S. Shaky; rickety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective US, colloquial, dated shaky; rickety


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  • We struck it mighty lucky; there was going to be a circus there that afternoon, and the country people was already beginning to come in, in all kinds of old shackly wagons, and on horses.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Back of the church block, in place of the old shackly factories, there was one great model factory with the best modern equipment, and the eight-hour system in full swing.

    The Witness

  • Dere was a shackly sort of church house on our plantation and on Sundays atter de Niggers had cleaned deyselfs up, if dey told Marse Billy dey wanted to go to church, he sent 'em on.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Georgia Narratives, Part 1

  • Four boys are boarding themselves in a shackly log building at the foot of the hill.

    The American Missionary — Volume 44, No. 06, June, 1890

  • Washington stretching itself along and along, like the shackly files of an army of recruits.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861

  • And near a grove of somber pines the shackly farm-house stood;

    The Old Hanging Fork and Other Poems

  • Unfortunately G. de M. 's pump only throws dirty water -- and I am BEGINNING to be old fogy eno 'to like even an old, shackly, wooden pump-handle, if the water it fetches only carries all the sweetness of the mountain-side.

    Familiar Letters of William James I

  • He brought his eyes to nearer vision to fix their focus for another look, and straight before him whirled a shackly old saloon, rough and tumble, its character apparent from the men who were grouped about its doorway and from the barrels and kegs in profusion outside.

    The Girl from Montana

  • The girl stole out from the cabin and stealthily across the patch of moonlight into the shadow of the shackly barn where stamped the poor, ill-fed, faithful horse that her brother had ridden to his death upon.

    The Girl from Montana

  • "The fellow didn't come, and she's had bad news besides," Henley mused, and he now stood in the doorway and looked after the shackly vehicle as it moved slowly away in the beating sunshine.

    Dixie Hart


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