An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.
An old, ramshackle automobile.
Origin of jalopy
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?