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adj. rick·et·i·er, rick·et·i·est
1. Likely to break or fall apart; shaky.
2. Feeble with age; infirm.
3. Of, having, or resembling rickets.

[From rickets.]

rick′et·i·ness n.
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Noun1.ricketiness - the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in placericketiness - the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in place
movability, movableness - the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged


The quality or condition of being physically unsteady:
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A literal sweatshop, this jerry-built structure is at once concrete, fantastical, and metaphorical, its ricketiness no contradiction of the grinding realities it indexes.
D'Amour certainly has a fine touch at finding the comical in ricketiness and bad habits.
The pervasive aura of ricketiness and nonalignment gives the set a look of instability and temporariness, as though it had been hastily assembled anew before each performance, in much the same way that a Russian fair was assembled and demounted and reassembled for each of its resurrections.