tumbledown

adjective tum·ble·down \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of tumbledown

: dilapidated, ramshackle
  • a tumbledown house at the edge of town
  • —Sherwood Anderson

Examples of tumbledown in a Sentence

  1. lived alone on a tumbledown farm that had seen better days

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First Known Use of tumbledown

1818


TUMBLEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

tumbledown

adjective

Definition of tumbledown for English Language Learners

  • of a building : in bad condition : ready to fall down


TUMBLEDOWN Defined for Kids

tumbledown

adjective tum·ble·down \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of tumbledown for Students

: dilapidated
  • a tumbledown old house


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