Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.

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  • noun An old, dilapidated automobile.

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  • noun a car that is old and unreliable

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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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?

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