Share this entry

American English: /ˈnækər/
British English: /ˈnakə/

Translation of knacker in Spanish:


(British English)
  • 1.1 (of horses)
    matarife (masculine) de caballos
    it's for the knacker's yard
    está para la basura
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (of ships)
    desguazador, (-dora) (masculine, feminine)

transitive verb

(British English) [colloquial]
  • 1.1 (exhaust)
    dejar hecho polvo [colloquial]
    1.2 (ruin)
    hacer polvo [colloquial]
    cargarse (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Definition of knacker in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day haughty
    Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
    arrogantly superior and disdainful
    Cultural fact of the day


    Carnaval is the three days of festivities preceding Lent, characterized by costumes, masks, drinking, music, and dancing. Spain's most colorful carnival is in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Cadiz's carnival is also famous. In Spanish-speaking Latin America, the carnivals of Uruguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela are very well known.