Definition of Rickety

1. Adjective. Inclined to shake as from weakness or defect. "The bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky"

Exact synonyms: Shaky, Wobbly, Wonky
Similar to: Unstable
Derivative terms: Ricketiness, Shake, Shakiness, Wobble

2. Adjective. Affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets. "A rachitic patient"
Exact synonyms: Rachitic
Similar to: Ill, Sick
Derivative terms: Rachitis, Rachitis

3. Adjective. Lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality. "Her body looked sapless"
Exact synonyms: Debile, Decrepit, Feeble, Infirm, Sapless, Weak, Weakly
Similar to: Frail
Derivative terms: Debility, Feebleness, Infirmity, Weakness

Definition of Rickety

1. a. Affected with rickets.

Definition of Rickety

1. Adjective. Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky. ¹

2. Adjective. Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering. ¹

3. Adjective. Affected with or suffering from rickets. ¹

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Definition of Rickety

1. likely to fall or collapse [adj -ETIER, -ETIEST]

Medical Definition of Rickety

1. To do with rickets, a disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rickety

rickettsial disease
rickettsial diseases
rickettsial vaccines
rickettsiales infections
rickety (current term)
rickle o' banes
rickle o' bones
rickle of banes
rickle of bones

Literary usage of Rickety

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Diseases of Children: Medical and Surgical by Henry Ashby, George Arthur Wright (1889)
"The kyphotic rickety spine is readily distinguished from other spinal curvatures by ... Finally there is no pain, except in some cases the general rickety ..."

2. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
"THE skeleton of a rickety female dwarf, lately placed in the Anatomical Museum of the ... The rickety flexures are such as are commonly observed when the ..."

3. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1850)
"3. That Professor Retzius has found no arterial network in the sheaths from the Capsule of Glisson. ART. VII.— Upon the Structure of rickety Bones. ..."

4. On the Wasting Diseases of Infants and Children by Eustace Smith (1884)
"He explains the source of the error by the fact, that rickety children separated in consequence of their physical defects from other children, ..."

5. Popular romances of the west of England; or, The drolls, traditions, and by Robert Hunt (1881)
"rickety CHILDREN. THE practice of bathing rickety children on the first three Wednesdays in May is still far from uncommon in the ..."

6. Auscultation and Percussion: Together with the Other Methods of Physical by Samuel Jones Gee (1893)
"When the diaphragm descends and rarefies the air contained in the lungs, the rickety ribs, not being able to hold out until ..."

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