knackered

adjective
knack·​ered | \ˈna-kərd \

Definition of knackered 

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Knackered is derived from the past participle of knacker, a slang term meaning "to kill," but also "to tire, exhaust, or wear out." The origins of the verb knacker are uncertain, but the word is perhaps related to an older noun knacker, which originally was used to indicate a harness-maker or saddlemaker, and later for buyers of worn-out animals (or their carcasses) and old structures. The origins of the noun knacker, however, remain obscure. Knackered is used on both sides of the Atlantic but is more common among British speakers.

Examples of knackered in a Sentence

She was too knackered to join them for dinner. I'm absolutely knackered, so no pub-crawling for me tonight.

First Known Use of knackered

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knackered

English slang knacker to kill, tire, perhaps from knacker, noun

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knackered

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of knackered

: very tired or exhausted

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