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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Definitions for knackered

  1. British Slang. exhausted; very tired: He is really knackered after work.

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Citations for knackered
“It’s been … exhausting,” Oborne says, sounding a little dazed. “I’m all right. I’m a bit knackered. I expected it to be well covered, but I didn’t expect it to be on the front page. But I haven’t seen any schadenfreude. There’s been no glee.” Archie Bland, "Peter Oborne: what I have seen is unprecedented in a quality newspaper," The Guardian, February 18, 2015
"You look knackered," he said. He put down the paper and stood up. "Shall I get you a coffee?" "That would be great." Caryl Phillips, In the Falling Snow, 2009
Origin of knackered
1885-1890
Knackered entered English in the late 1800s from the verb knacker meaning "to tire."