adjective (only before noun) tumbledown building/house/cottage etc old and beginning to fall down, often in a way that seems attractive: a row of tumbledown labourer's cottages

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  • tumbledown — [tum′bəldoun΄] adj. ready to tumble down; dilapidated * * * tum·ble·down (tŭmʹbəl doun ) adj. Being in such bad repair as to seem in danger of collapsing; very dilapidated or rickety: a tumbledown shack. * * * …   Universalium

  • tumbledown — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ falling or fallen into ruin; dilapidated …   English terms dictionary

  • tumbledown — [tum′bəldoun΄] adj. ready to tumble down; dilapidated …   English World dictionary

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  • tumbledown — tum|ble|down [ˈtʌmbəldaun] adj [only before noun] a tumbledown building is old and beginning to fall down ▪ a tumbledown cottage …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tumbledown — adjective Date: 1818 dilapidated, ramshackle < a tumbledown house at the edge of town Sherwood Anderson > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tumbledown — adjective in disrepair; poorly maintained They lived in a tumbledown shack on the edge of the woods. Syn: bedraggled, broken down, dilapidated, ramshackle, ruinous …   Wiktionary

  • tumbledown — adj. Tumbledown is used with these nouns: ↑building, ↑shack …   Collocations dictionary

  • tumbledown — tum|ble|down [ tʌmbl,daun ] adjective a tumbledown building is old and in bad condition …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tumbledown — [[t]tʌ̱mb(ə)ldaʊn[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A tumbledown building is in such a bad condition that it is partly falling down or has holes in it. Syn: ramshackle …   English dictionary

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