noun (plural jalopies)informal
An old car in a dilapidated condition: his father got worried about him driving that old jalopy—it wasn’t safe
More 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.
1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.