Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 1

#3: Knackered

Definition:

tired, exhausted

Example:

"Went for a 4 miler and then when I got back from work we took the kids swimming. Nice and knackered now." – blog post at SoreLimbs.co.uk, January 18, 2011

About the word:

The slang knacker means "to kill or tire."

Etymologists can't be sure if there's a link between the adjective knackered and the knacker that means "horse-slaughterer."

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