ja·​lopy | \ jə-ˈlä-pē How to pronounce jalopy (audio) \
plural jalopies

Definition of jalopy

: a dilapidated old vehicle (such as an automobile)

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Examples of jalopy in a Sentence

They were shocked when the jalopy sitting in the barn actually started. his parents gave him an old jalopy for school
Recent Examples on the Web In between, the two companions move through one cockamamie landscape after another, first by train, then by foot, then by water-borne jalopy. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 So, what exactly is causing the moon to rust like an old jalopy sitting in a junkyard? Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2020 Dear Carolyn: My partner and his brother have decided to go in on a new car for their sister, who has been driving around in an unsafe jalopy for a while. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2020 Hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, jalopies, motorcycles and some vehicles that defy description make a 140-mile drive from Seligman to Kingman and finally to Oatman and Topock. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 27 Dec. 2019 Fans have dissected the teaser trailer where the core four are at the lake, riding in the jalopy, etc. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 Oct. 2018 Instead, our personal garages are stuffed mostly with lawn-care equipment and assorted jalopies of lesser prestige. Car and Driver, 26 Sep. 2018 Although some residents have jalopies (and sometimes one will come with a rental house), the way to get around is on a bike, a golf cart or your own two feet. Alison Humes, WSJ, 28 June 2018 Every Jaguar and jalopy in L.A. is left parked at its destination, usually taking up more public real estate than would 10 electric scooters in a row. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, 30 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of jalopy

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jalopy

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“Jalopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jalopy. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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ja·​lopy | \ jə-ˈlä-pē How to pronounce jalopy (audio) \
plural jalopies

Kids Definition of jalopy

: a worn old automobile

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