[ kluhng-ker ]
/ ˈklʌŋ kər /

noun Informal.

something worthless or inferior.
Also klunker. an old, worn-out vehicle or machine, especially a car.

Origin of clunker

1940–45, Americanism; clunk + -er1; cf. clinker3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clunker


/ (ˈklʌŋkə) /

noun informal

mainly US a dilapidated old car or other machine
something that failsthe novel's last line is a clunker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper