from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.
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- n. An old, dilapidated automobile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a car that is old and unreliable
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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? (Wiktionary)