Origin of knacker
Examples from the Web for knacker
Under all circumstances, it is advisable to let this dismemberment of dead and fallen cattle he performed at the knacker's yard.
I felt forced to follow, and soon found myself outside a knacker's yard.
"Of course you can," exclaimed the knacker, casting a triumphant glance around him.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
When a man dies he goes to the ground, as a slaughtered ox to the butcher's stall, or a dead horse to the knacker's.Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster|F. Marion Crawford
The knacker takes his own time, and the body often remains there twenty-four or forty-eight hours.Louis Pasteur|Ren Vallery-Radot
British Dictionary definitions for knacker
Word Origin for knacker
Word Origin and History 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.).