noun (plural jalopies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1928 a dilapidated old vehicle (as an automobile)

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  • jalopy — battered old automobile, 1924 (early variants include jaloupy, jaloppi, gillopy), of unknown origin; perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, where many U.S. used cars supposedly were sent (see JALAPEÑO (Cf. jalapeño)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jalopy — [n] old, dilapidated automobile bucket of bolts*, clunker, heap*, junker*, rattletrap*, tin lizzie*, wreck; concepts 260,674 …   New thesaurus

  • jalopy — ► NOUN (pl. jalopies) informal ▪ an old car in a dilapidated condition. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • jalopy — ☆ jalopy [jə läp′ē ] n. pl. jalopies [earlier jaloupy < ?] Slang an old, ramshackle automobile …   English World dictionary

  • Jalopy — For other uses, see Jalopy (disambiguation). A Jalopy Ford Festiva A jalopy (also clunker or hooptie or beater) is a decrepit car, often old and in a barely functional state. A jalopy is not a well kept antique car, but a car which is mostly… …   Wikipedia

  • jalopy — UK [dʒəˈlɒpɪ] / US [dʒəˈlɑpɪ] noun [countable] Word forms jalopy : singular jalopy plural jalopies informal old fashioned an old car that is in bad condition …   English dictionary

  • jalopy — noun An old, dilapidated automobile. Theres only a rough track and I doubt if that jalopy of yours will make it …   Wiktionary

  • jalopy — n An old, beat up car. Where did you get that old jalopy? 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • jalopy — /jeuh lop ee/, n., pl. jalopies. Informal. an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile. [1925 30, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • jalopy — Synonyms and related words: auto, autocar, automobile, boat, buggy, bus, car, crate, dog, heap, machine, motor, motor vehicle, motorcar, motorized vehicle, tub, voiture, wheels, wreck …   Moby Thesaurus

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