Origin of jalopyearlier jaloupy from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. ja·lop·ies Informal
Origin of jalopyOrigin unknown
- An old, dilapidated vehicle.
Origin unknown. Is it possible that the non Spanish-speaking New Orleans-based longshoremen, referring to scrapped autos circa 1920 destined for Jalapa, Mexico scrapyards, pronounced the destination on the palettes "jalopies" rather than multiples or possessive of Jalapa?