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
Despite the upbeat vibe created by the videos, the Sun still have played occasional clunkers, like Sunday's 96-82 loss during which five Dallas players scored in double figures.
The world waits to see whether the fight is a classic or a clunker.
But there have been some clunkers that didn’t pan out such as forwards Quinton Howden (25th in 2010), John McFarland (33rd in 2010), Rocco Grimaldi (33rd in 2011) and Lawson Crouse (11th in 2015), who was traded to Arizona before the 2016 season.
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.
The offensive output wasted a decent outing from Hammel, who rebounded after consecutive clunkers.
As for the basketball side of it, James' clunker was as stunning as the Cavs losing to Boston sans Thomas and after two wins by an average of 28.5 points in the series.
The dark roast from El Salvador was the only clunker, an intense, moody liquid that steeped for 24 hours in the OXO brewer.
A year ago, Pittsburgh put away the Capitals in a draining six-game series and promptly threw in a 3-1 clunker against Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the conference finals.
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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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