Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: dilapidated
IPA transcription: [dɪl'æpəd,eɪtɪd]
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down
    Meaning: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
Usage examples
  • A candle was guttering on a broken and dilapidated single washhand stand.
  • The park was deserted save for one dilapidated figure that sprawled, asleep, on a bench.
  • For a closer examination, let us use the dilapidated nests which we brought from the fields.
  • There was, and is when I write, at the end of that low-lying street, a dilapidated little wooden building, probably an obsolete old ferry-house.
  • Some time later he went to a church-builder in the same place, and under the architect's direction became handy at restoring the dilapidated masonries of several village churches round about.
  • But in proportion as his youth disappeared, gayety was kindled; he replaced his teeth with buffooneries, his hair with mirth, his health with irony, his weeping eye laughed incessantly. He was dilapidated but still in flower.
  • I chance upon a web which, though deserted, is not yet dilapidated, proving that it has been but lately quitted. Instead of hunting in the brushwood whereon it rests, let us inspect the neighbourhood, to a distance of a few paces.
  • A stone monument, six feet high, just observable through the willows on the right shore, marks the boundary; while upon the left bank, surmounting a high, rock-strewn beach, is the dilapidated frame house of a West Virginia "cracker," through whose garden-patch the line takes its way, unobserved and unthought of by pigs, chickens and children, which in hopeless promiscuity swarm the interstate premises.