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noun Informal.
  1. something worthless or inferior.
  2. Also klunker. an old, worn-out vehicle or machine, especially a car.
  3. clunk(def 4).
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Origin of clunker

1940–45, Americanism; clunk + -er1; cf. clinker3
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Related Words for clunker

bulky, heavy, embarrassing, unwieldy, ponderous, burdensome, tiresome, inconvenient, transportation, auto, van, truck, bus, convertible, taxi, limousine, wagon, ride, machine, pickup

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


"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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