- an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.
Origin of jalopy
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for jalopy
- informal a dilapidated old car
C20: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for jalopy
"battered old automobile," 1924 (early variants include jaloupy, jaloppi, gillopy), of unknown origin; perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, where many U.S. used cars supposedly were sent (see jalapeno).
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