- a person who buys and slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh as dog's meat, etc.
- a person who buys and wrecks old houses, etc. and sells their materials
Origin of knackerEarly ModE, harness maker from Old Norse hnakker, saddle, neck, akin to Old English hnecca, neck
- A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat or hides.
- A person who buys unwanted structures, such as houses or ships, and dismantles them to sell the materials.
Origin of knackerProbably of Scandinavian origin
- One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
- One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper.
- A harness maker.
- One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
- One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
- (Ireland, UK, offensive) A member of the Travelling Community; a Gypsy.
- (Ireland, offensive, slang) A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.
(third-person singular simple present knackers, present participle knackering, simple past and past participle knackered)
From Old Norse hnak (“saddle”), hur (“horse”) − the profession of saddlemaker.