Dilapidate vs Rickety - What's the difference?
As a verb dilapidate
is to fall into ruin or disuse.
As an adjective rickety is
of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To fall into ruin or disuse.
To cause to become ruined or put into disrepair.
* 1883 , , chapter VI
- If the bishop, parson, or vicar, etc., dilapidates the buildings, or cuts down the timber of the patrimony
(figuratively) To squander or waste.
- In the last days of autumn he had whitewashed the chalet, painted the doors, windows, and veranda, repaired the roof and interior, and improved the place so much that the landlord had warned him that the rent would be raised at the expiration of his twelvemonth's tenancy, remarking that a tenant could not reasonably expect to have a pretty, rain-tight dwelling-house for the same money as a hardly habitable ruin. Smilash had immediately promised to dilapidate it to its former state at the end of the year.
- The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much dilapidated .
Of an object: not strong or sturdy, as because of poor construction or upkeep; not safe or secure; giddy; shaky.
Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering.
- He hesitated about climbing such a small, rickety ladder.
Affected with or suffering from rickets.
- The rickety old man hardly managed to climb the stairs.
* (not held or fixed securely and likely to fall over) precarious, unsteady, shaky, tottering, unsafe, unstable, wobbly