knackered

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adjective knack·ered \ˈna-kərd\

Definition of knackered

British

  1. :  tired, exhausted

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Examples of knackered in a Sentence

  1. She was too knackered to join them for dinner.

  2. I'm absolutely knackered, so no pub-crawling for me tonight.

Don't Get Tired Defining Knackered

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.

Origin and Etymology of knackered

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


KNACKERED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of knackered for English Language Learners

  • : very tired or exhausted


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