Definition of clunker in English:


Syllabification: clunk·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkləNGkər


North American informal
  • 1An old, run-down vehicle or machine.
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    • Computer stores probably don't sell clunkers like your old laptop any more.
    • It includes nonsense about not raking up lawn clippings, using fluorescent light bulbs and getting your old clunker of a car tuned more often.
    • All she left was my old clunker of a car, my clothes, and my gun.
    jalopy, lemon, rustbucket, bucket of bolts, hooptie, crate
  • 1.1A thing that is totally unsuccessful: novel after novel and not a clunker among them
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    • The movie business is bound to turn out clunkers.
    • What if the last two songs from the seventies are classics, and the last two songs from the eighties are clunkers?
    • In fact the painting is so bad that it might well be one of the artist's many authentic clunkers.
    failure, flop, bust, dud, turkey

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