rick·​ety | \ ˈri-kə-tē How to pronounce rickety (audio) \

Definition of rickety

1 : affected with rickets
2a : lacking stability or firmness : shaky sense 2a a rickety coalition
b : in unsound physical condition rickety veterans rickety stairs

Examples of rickety in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Olga Lidia Lahera lives with her daughter and two granddaughters in a tiny 15-square-meter (160-square-foot) apartment with peeling plaster walls that has barely enough room for a shelf with pots and a rickety sofa bed. Andrea RodrÍguez, ajc, 22 June 2022 But the market has turned into a rickety amusement park ride of stomach quaking 1,000-point drops and losses after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February and inflationary pressures kept building. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2022 Stocks are way down, real estate is trapped on a rickety bridge, between slower demand and higher lending rates. Rich Karlgaard, Forbes, 10 June 2022 None of a dozen or so anglers fishing alongside Schroeder and his rickety white plastic lawn chair catch any. Matt Tunseth For The Daily News, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2022 The beach has been closed since 2020 following a deadly record of drownings and has had a rickety fence sectioning off the beach from the walkway near the edge of McKinley. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2022 Ringing the stadium are vendors in rickety wooden stalls who do a lively trade in black-and-red scarfs, hats, shirts and wristbands stamped Atlas campeón, some with the dates 1951-2021. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 One family walked on a rickety pathway of boards over a sprawl of sticky black mud in their yard. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 My first solo apartment in Queens offered a depressing, glossy white fridge and rickety white range. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rickety

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rickety was in 1673

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26 Jun 2022

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“Rickety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rickety. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for rickety


rick·​ety | \ ˈri-kə-tē How to pronounce rickety (audio) \

Kids Definition of rickety

: in poor condition and likely to break Just below them, hugging the shore, rose a village of thatched huts, with a small, rickety pier, boats on the sand, and nets spread for mending.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat


rick·​ety | \ ˈrik-ət-ē How to pronounce rickety (audio) \

Medical Definition of rickety

: affected with rickets : rachitic


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