[ juh-lop-ee ]
/ dʒəˈlɒp i /

noun, plural ja·lop·ies. Informal.

an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.

Words nearby jalopy

Origin of jalopy

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for jalopy

  • Then they hit the thruway—nine of them packed into the jalopy—the oldest one just seventeen years old.

    Code Three|Rick Raphael
  • It looked something like a cross between a schoolboy's jalopy and a scaled-down army tank of former times.

    Badge of Infamy|Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for jalopy



/ (dʒəˈlɒpɪ) /

noun plural -lopies or -loppies

informal a dilapidated old car

Word Origin for jalopy

C20: of unknown origin
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