clunker

[kluhng-ker]
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Origin of clunker

1940–45, Americanism; clunk + -er1; cf. clinker3
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British Dictionary definitions for clunker

clunker

noun informal
  1. mainly US a dilapidated old car or other machine
  2. something that failsthe novel's last line is a clunker
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Word Origin and History for clunker
n.

"anything inferior," 1940s, agent noun from clunk (v.), probably in imitation of the sounds made by old machinery. Specific sense of "old car" was in use by 1951 (clunk in the sense "old worn-out machine" is from 1940s).

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