tum·​ble·​down | \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce tumbledown (audio) \

Definition of tumbledown

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

Examples of tumbledown in a Sentence

lived alone on a tumbledown farm that had seen better days
Recent Examples on the Web Low walls of tumbledown stone, kept in place as a monument, mark the outlines of the cottages that once stood here. Cathleen O'grady, The Atlantic, 20 May 2022 Above them all is grandmother Muriel (Ann Reid), who lives in a large tumbledown manse where the family will gather intermittently. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 In the tumbledown concrete room that has been commandeered as this sleepy African trading center’s Covid-19 vaccination headquarters, a battered freezer holds stacks of boxes with dozens of small glass vials. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 But the halo of wealth of the Bay Area has never reached the tumbledown homes, trailer park and ranches of Round Valley. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Allen Moyer’s set consists of a rotating box that morphs from a tumbledown shack into a graceful farmhouse, a roadside bar, and a college dorm. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 The bay itself divides the country in two; there are small islands and small coves, a yacht club on the west shore and a tumbledown shipyard on the east. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 Activists share tumbledown houses, and a single piece of architecture can serve multiple functions: a townhouse is as much a house as an activist center; a storefront with peeling paint does double duty as a school. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 With no ties to bind him, Cal has acted on his dream and bought a tumbledown Irish cottage advertised on the Internet. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tumbledown

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Tumbledown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbledown. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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tum·​ble·​down | \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce tumbledown (audio) \

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: dilapidated a tumbledown old house


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