Adjective "jalopy" definition and examples

(Jalopy may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dʒəˈlɒpi/

Definitions and examples

noun

An old car in a dilapidated condition.
  1. 'I remember Dave telling me how surprised he was that George was driving an old jalopy that barely ran.'
  2. 'He was driving an old jalopy, but when Ernie Reisinger saw the car he said, ‘You can't drive that.'
  3. 'Well, the Navy just took its first taxi, and it's taking us where we need to go much faster than its old jalopy.'

More definitions

1. an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.

More examples(as adjective)

"trucks can be jalopy."

Origin

1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.