Definition of jalopy
: a dilapidated old vehicle (such as an automobile)
Examples of jalopy in a Sentence
He fixed up an old jalopy.
his parents gave him an old jalopy for school
Recent Examples of jalopy from the Web
The rhythms have a spiky, loping quality, evoking a jalopy puttering up a hill then racing down the other side again and again.
Although general manager Ryan Pace described it as a jalopy, the car looked more than serviceable in pictures published by the Bears.
Creech, a huge cephalopod, subsists on oil, and takes up residence in Tripp’s decrepit jalopy, sometimes impertinently seizing control.
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Origin and Etymology of jalopy
First Known Use: 1928See Words from the same year
JALOPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jalopy for English Language Learners
: an old car that is in poor condition
JALOPY Defined for Kids
Definition of jalopy for Students
: a worn old automobile
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