Definition of knacker in English:


Syllabification: knack·er
Pronunciation: /ˈnakər


A person whose business is the disposal of dead or unwanted animals, especially those whose flesh is not fit for human consumption.
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  • The intention would be to have dead animals collected from farms by the local knacker man and then sent for rendering.
  • ‘In the Fall’ tells of an old horse being sold to the knacker by a family who lack the means to feed it through another winter and who need the pittance it will bring.
  • He explains that there was a mistake - the vet had just bought the van from the knacker and had not yet painted out the old name.


[with object] (often as adjective knackered) informal Back to top  
1Tire (someone) out; exhaust: you look absolutely knackered
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  • And after last night's shenanigans I'm absolutely knackered.
  • Bless him, by this point it was about quarter to two in the morning and he was knackered so I forgive him for being a bit confused.
  • I had every intention of arriving early and leaving early as it was a ‘school night’ and I was knackered after quite a few late nights at work.
1.1Damage severely.
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  • My windscreen wipers are knackered and it's snowing buckets.
  • The teaching job really knackered my confidence.
  • When I work a 12 hour day, without a break, like today, the last thing I want to find at the end of it is that my bloody phone handset is knackered.


late 16th century (originally denoting a harness-maker, then a slaughterer of horses): possibly from obsolete knack 'trinket' The word also had the sense 'old worn-out horse' (late 18th cent). It is unclear whether the verb represents a figurative use of 'slaughter', from the noun sense, or of 'castrate', from a slang sense of the noun, 'testicles'.

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