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adjective British Slang.
  1. exhausted; very tired: He is really knackered after work.
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Origin of knackered

1885–90; knacker to tire (attenuation of earlier sense “to kill”; cf. knacker def. 1) + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for knackered


adjective British slang
  1. exhausted; tired out
  2. 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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