Something rickety — like an old shack — is shaky and likely to fall down because it's fragile.

Some buildings are sturdy, solid, and strong. Others are rickety: rickety things might blow over from a slight breeze. Rickety things are poorly designed or have just become rickety because of aging. Rickety things tend to shake, which is a sign they might fall apart any second. If you put a heavy load in a rickety cart, you might lost your load!

Definitions of rickety
  1. adjective
    inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
    “a rickety table”
    synonyms: shaky, wobbly, wonky
    lacking stability or fixity or firmness
  2. adjective
    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
    synonyms: debile, decrepit, feeble, infirm, sapless, weak, weakly
    physically weak
  3. adjective
    affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets
    rickety limbs and joints”
    synonyms: rachitic
    ill, sick
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
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