rickety

adjective rick·ety \ ˈri-kə-tē \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of rickety

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

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First Known Use of rickety

1673


RICKETY Defined for English Language Learners

rickety

adjective

Definition of rickety for English Language Learners

  • : not strong or stable and likely to break


RICKETY Defined for Kids

rickety

adjective rick·ety \ ˈri-kə-tē \

Definition of rickety for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

rickety

adjective rick·ety \ ˈrik-ət-ē \

medical Definition of rickety

: affected with rickets : rachitic

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