Origin of knacker
Examples from the Web for knacker
Historical Examples of knacker
First of all he went to the knacker, Sanin, who lived in a village near.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
She reaches the knacker's cellar, at the end of the corridor.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
Better die now, while I am with thee, than fall into the knacker's hands.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
"Well—if I must, I must," said the knacker, with affected reluctance.
"It is God's truth—and now that I've said it, I'll stick to it," said the knacker.
Word Origin for knacker
usually in past tense, knackered, "to kill, castrate" (1855), but most often used in weakened sense of "to tire out" (1883); apparently from knacker (n.) "worn-out or useless horse," 1812, of unknown origin; possibly from a dialectal survival of a Scandinavian word represented by Old Norse hnakkur "saddle," hnakki "back of the neck," and thus possibly related to neck (n.).