Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
RAMSHACKLE, adj., n., v. Also ramshackle; ¶ramsheekle. Sc. forms and usages. [rɑm′ʃɑkl]
I. adj. 1. Of persons: unkempt, untidy, rough (Ork., Bnff., Ags. 1967).
Abd. 1882 W. Forsyth Writings 24:
Ye foul ramshachle huddiedrocht. Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 56:
He was jauped and gey ram-shackle, And his breeks hung gey far doun.
2. Difficult to utter or repeat (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).
II. n. A thoughtless fellow (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.).
Sc. 1823 J. G. Lockhart Reg. Dalton ii. i.:
This will learn ye, again, ye young ramshackle! Ib. viii. iv.:
“A strange blunder, surely in the lawyer.” “An ignorant ramshackle, no question.”
III. v. To throw into confusion, to reduce to a state of disorder, to wreck. Ppl.adj. ramshackled, ramshachled (Fif. 1825 Jam.), deformed.
s.Sc. 1837 Crawfurd MSS. XI. 304:
Thae lassies loot oot the kye to shallivogue a bit, an the swine was in an ramsheekled aw the cribs. Ayr. 1890 J. Service Notandums 80:
Here comes lang, lingle-backit, ramshackled Bob Dragon.
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