AskDefine | Define jalopy

Dictionary Definition

jalopy n : a car that is old and unreliable; "the fenders had fallen off that old bus" [syn: bus, heap]

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English

Etymology

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?

Noun

  1. An old, dilapidated automobile.

Translations

an old, dilapidated car

See also

Extensive Definition

Jalopy may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

auto, autocar, automobile, boat, buggy, bus, car, crate, dog, heap, machine, motor, motor vehicle, motorcar, motorized vehicle, tub, voiture, wheels, wreck
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