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jalopy

Syllabification: ja·lop·y
Pronunciation: /jəˈläpē
 
/

Definition of jalopy in English:

noun (plural jalopies)

informal
An old car in a dilapidated condition.
Example sentences
  • He was driving an old jalopy, but when Ernie Reisinger saw the car he said, ‘You can't drive that.
  • I remember Dave telling me how surprised he was that George was driving an old jalopy that barely ran.
  • Well, the Navy just took its first taxi, and it's taking us where we need to go much faster than its old jalopy.
Synonyms
dilapidated car
informal clunker, lemon, bucket of bolts, wreck, Tin Lizzie, rustbucket, heap, junker, beater, hooptie

Origin

1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with jalopy

choppy, copy, floppy, moppy, poppy, sloppy, soppy, stroppy

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