[ UK /ɹˈɪkɪti/ ]
[ US /ˈɹɪkəti/ ]
  1. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
    a feeble old woman
    her body looked sapless
  2. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
    a wobbly chair with shaky legs
    the ladder felt a little wobbly
    a rickety table
    the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky
  3. affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets
    rickety limbs and joints
    a rachitic patient
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How To Use rickety In A Sentence

  • Likewise, when they compare the high-speed TGV to the rickety transport system we have here, the value of a strong, responsible state becomes apparent.
  • The bed was rickety, with a thin knotty mattress; the sand-colored walls were scratched and gouged; in every corner, under everything, were fluffy dust and cigar ashes; on the tilted wash-stand was a nicked and squatty pitcher; the only chair was a grim straight object of spotty varnish; but there was an altogether splendid gilt and rose cuspidor. Main Street
  • Well, Stanley Donwood's artwork reminds me of the playbills from Victorian music halls or a rickety theatre troupe travelling across the land.
  • He was laying under an army blanket, on a rickety cot, right arm bandaged, and the other pillowing his head.
  • He said the lure of a better life abroad was tempting thousands of people into rickety boats. Times, Sunday Times
  • We journeyed past rows of rickety buildings with bamboo scaffolding and lines of washing before arriving in the modern part of the city. For Love or Money
  • Because no rifle - not even a match-tuned masterpiece of the gunsmith's art - can shoot off a rickety, wobbly bench.
  • She was still smiling when she carried the two white coffees up the rickety wooden stairs.
  • Many live with nothing more than dirt floors and rickety outhouses.
  • She resewed old clothes for the children who grew too fast, kept three chicks in the kitchen until they were eaten by a cat, and later, during another famine, after World War II, bought the last rickety piglet off a horse-drawn cart that had stopped for a few minutes on their street. A Mountain of Crumbs
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