adjective British Slang.

exhausted; very tired: He is really knackered after work.

Origin of knackered

1885–90; knacker to tire (attenuation of earlier sense “to kill”; cf. knacker def. 1) + -ed2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for knackered


adjective British slang

exhausted; tired out
worn out; no longer working, esp after long or hard use
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Word Origin and History for knackered

"worn out, tired," past participle adjective from knacker (v.).

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