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
My first car was an old clunker that kept breaking down.
That joke was a real clunker.
The director's recent films have all been clunkers.
Recent Examples of clunker from the Web
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even leaped into the conversation before Thursday’s clunker of a championship series opener, sounding very much like someone (Solomon?) attempting to split the baby.
Their old clunker didn't even have a CD-ROM drive or a modem!
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First Known Use of clunker
CLUNKER Defined for English Language Learners
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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