Sunday, July 3, 2011


Definition: (from
1. informal. an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile

"That jalopy has more rust on it than paint!"
"My first car was a real jalopy; the driver-side door didn't work so I had to climb in the window."

Origin: (from
"'battered old automobile,' 1924 (early variants include jaloupy, jaloppi, gillopy), of unknown origin; perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, where many U.S. used cars supposedly were sent."

Awkwardness rating: 4

It may be a jalopy, but it gets me where I need to go. (

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