Jalopy meaning

jə-lŏpē
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(slang) An old, ramshackle automobile.
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An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.
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An old, dilapidated vehicle.
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Origin of jalopy

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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?

    From Wiktionary