adjective British Informal.

(of machinery or appliances) worn-out; dilapidated.
(of a person) exhausted; fatigued.

Origin of clapped-out

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clapped out

clapped out


(clapped-out when prenominal) British, Australian and NZ informal (esp of machinery) worn out; dilapidated
Australian and NZ extremely tired; exhausted
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