jalopy n : a car that is old and unreliable; "the fenders had fallen off that old bus" [syn: bus, heap]
Origin unknown. Is it possible that the non spanish-speaking New Orleans-based longshoremen, referring to scrapped autos circa 1920 destined for Jalapa, Mexico scrapyards, pronounced the destination on the palettes "jalopies" rather than multiples or possessive of Jalapa?
- An old, dilapidated automobile.
Jalopy may refer to: