tumbledown

adjective
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

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Examples of tumbledown in a Sentence

lived alone on a tumbledown farm that had seen better days

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Above them all is grandmother Muriel (Ann Reid), who lives in a large tumbledown manse where the family will gather intermittently across the years. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "Review: HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ finds entertaining family drama in the dystopian near-future," 26 June 2019 Above them all is grandmother Muriel (Ann Reid), who lives in a large tumbledown manse where the family will gather intermittently across the years. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "Review: HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ finds entertaining family drama in the dystopian near-future," 26 June 2019 Above them all is grandmother Muriel (Ann Reid), who lives in a large tumbledown manse where the family will gather intermittently across the years. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ finds entertaining family drama in the dystopian near-future," 24 June 2019 Today, Santa Claus is a ghost town, inhabited by tumbledown buildings and families of rattlesnakes. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 Soon the sturdy adobes and ranch houses of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms gave way to makeshift homes cobbled together from tumbledown cabins, shipping containers and trailers. New York Times, "In the California Desert: Vast Darkness, Vibrant Music, an Oasis," 19 Dec. 2017 Other more conventional — if risky — ideas involve providing no-interest financing to fix up tumbledown properties. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator," 4 Nov. 2017 His aesthetic is simultaneously clinical and tumbledown: archaeological-dig-meets-mad-scientist-laboratorio. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "A Modern-Meets-Neo-Classical Apartment in Milan," 20 Sep. 2017 In 1876 John returned to Battle Creek to take over the church’s tumbledown Western Health Reform Institute, whose few patients were indoctrinated in the Adventists’ strict ideas about diet, hygiene and chastity. Bryan Burrough, WSJ, "The Birth of a Cereal Empire," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tumbledown

1818, in the meaning defined above

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tumbledown

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tumbledown

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

tumbledown

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

Kids Definition of tumbledown

: dilapidated a tumbledown old house

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