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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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 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 This is an organization that paints an old jalopy in opposing team’s colors, parks it in front of the arena, and then asks fans for a $5 charitable contribution to swing at it with a sledgehammer. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Predators' playoff celebration promises to be 'bigger and better than last year'," 12 Apr. 2018 There ought to be graphics of a junkyard of jalopies: Look, there's the ghost of Virginia right there. Chuck Culpepper, chicagotribune.com, "Nevada is the unkillable zombie of the NCAA tournament's haunted graveyard region," 18 Mar. 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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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