- 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, ladder.
- Of a person: feeble in the joints; tottering.
- The old man hardly managed to climb the stairs.
- Affected with or suffering from rickets.
- German: rachitisch
- French: délabré, branlant
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