clunker

noun clunk·er \ ˈkləŋ-kər \

Definition of clunker

1 :an old or badly working piece of machinery; especially :a dilapidated automobile
2 :someone or something notably unsuccessful
  • told a joke that was a real clunker

Examples of clunker in a Sentence

  1. My first car was an old clunker that kept breaking down.

  2. That joke was a real clunker.

  3. The director's recent films have all been clunkers.

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First Known Use of clunker

1930

clunker Synonyms

Synonyms
beater, crate, jalopy, junker
Antonyms
blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner
Related Words
flivver, hulk, wreck; lemon
Near Antonyms
corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, phenomenon

CLUNKER Defined for English Language Learners

clunker

noun

Definition of clunker for English Language Learners

  • : an old car or machine that does not work well

  • : something that is a complete failure



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