Tipper at one of Pap’s old homeplaces
shackledy, shackley, shackling, shackly adjective Unsteady, shaky, in poor condition, uncertain, of little account; hence noun = an object or situation in such a condition.
1863 (in 1938 Taliaferro Carolina Humor 74) I tried keepin’ Bible laws a spell while I was in Passen Beller’s church, and made a ding shacklin out of it, certin. 1913 Kephart Our Sthn High 29 Here is a land of lumber wagons, and saddle-bags, and shackly little sleds that are dragged over the bare ground by harnessed steers. 1933 Chapman Glen Hazard 298 shackling = no a-account, loose-jointed, poor. 1938 Justus No-End Hollow 113 The whole thing was getting shackly. 1939 Hall Coll. Gatlinburg TN They never did get any more trace [of the person who did it]. Their proof was so shackledy. ibid. White Oak NC Anything loose or tore up is shackly. (Fay Leatherwood) 1982 Powers and Hannah Cataloochee [The gun’s] all shackley, must be a punkin’ ball loose in your gun or your gun part’s loose. 1989 Landry Smoky Mt Interviews 181 The mailbox was awful shackledy, you know. 1994-95 Montogomery Coll. shackledy The weather is shackledy, it’s going to be a shackledy day (Cardwell); shackling (Adams, Bush, Jones, Ledford, Norris, Weaver); That chair is too shackling to sit in (Cardwell).”
[shackle noun + -y; OED shackly adj U.S. and dialect; Web3 shackly “rickety, ramshackle; loose-jointed and shambling” prob from English dialect shackle “to shake, rattle” chiefly dialect]
Even though the house in the photo was shackledy, in my mind’s eye I could see it as it used to be when Pap was a boy.