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 So, what exactly is causing the moon to rust like an old jalopy sitting in a junkyard? Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Is the Moon Covered in Rust? Even Scientists Are Stumped by This Metal Mystery," 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, "Carolyn Hax: She’s her ex’s friend, but he wants to keep that secret," 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, "The best things to do in Arizona in 2020: A month-by-month guide to big adventures," 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, "Here's What's Going to Happen This Season of Riverdale," 10 Oct. 2018 Instead, our personal garages are stuffed mostly with lawn-care equipment and assorted jalopies of lesser prestige. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 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, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 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, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 But the regime’s bigger problem is that investors who kick the tires on the Castro jalopy increasingly walk away. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cuba Gets a Castro Convertible," 22 Apr. 2018

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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 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jalopy

informal : an old car that is in poor condition


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

Kids Definition of jalopy

: a worn old automobile

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