fix·​er-up·​per ˈfik-sər-ˌə-pər How to pronounce fixer-upper (audio)
: something (such as a house or car) that needs fixing up

Examples of fixer-upper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Josiah’s father was an engineer turned insurance salesman, and the family lived in a fixer-upper surrounded by woods and farmland. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 In 2016, Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein turned their love of affordable fixer-uppers into the wildly popular Instagram account @cheapoldhouses. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Financing a fixer-upper Munro and Cordero purchased their first Mount Pleasant house for $960,000 with a 20 percent down payment. Michele Lerner, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The couple helps families choose a fixer-upper home, then fix it up in Joanna's signature farmhouse style. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2023 Even the era of finding a cheap fixer-upper might be over. Joel Mathis, The Week, 25 Aug. 2023 But, at 22, Bambi was ready to become a homeowner and decided to take on the 1920s fixer-upper, all 996 square feet of it! Kelly Ryan Kegans, Country Living, 23 Aug. 2023 But interest in relatively cheap, old fixer-uppers has boomed as the cost of newer houses has skyrocketed over the past few years. Chris Moody, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 The property was a fixer-upper in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta’s Eastside. Jessica Fu, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fixer-upper was in 1948

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“Fixer-upper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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