AskDefine | Define rickety

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rickety adj : inclined to shake as from weakness or defect; "a rickety table"; "a wobbly chair with shaky legs"; "the ladder felt a little wobbly"; "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky" [syn: shaky, wobbly, wonky]

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  1. Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky.
    He hesitated about clibming such a small, rickety ladder.
  2. Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering.
    The rickety old man hardly managed to climb the stairs.
  3. Affected with or suffering from rickets.


*Finnish: rähjäinen, hutera

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