(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. shaky, infirm, weak, ramshackle; rachitic. See weakness, disease.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Liable to collapse]
Syn. shaky, fragile, unsteady, wobbly; see weak 2 .
2. [Weak in the joints]
Syn. infirm, tottering, rachitic; see sick , weak 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
shaky, wobbly, unstable, unsteady, teetering, tottering, fragile, *jerry-built, *tumble-down.
ANT.: stable, sturdy, rocksolid, sound
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Not physically steady or firm: precarious, shaky, tottering, tottery, unstable, unsteady, wobbly. See FLEXIBLE.

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