jalopy

A jalopy is an old car that isn't working very well. You'd never call a new, smooth-running car a jalopy.

There are a lot of insulting words in English, mostly for people. This insult is for a car: a jalopy is a rundown, beat-up, falling apart car that needs to be replaced. You'll never see a car salesman say "Check out our selection of jalopies!" A jalopy might have been a great car at one point, but it has seen better days.

Definitions of jalopy
  1. noun
    a car that is old and unreliable
    synonyms: bus, heap
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    type of:
    auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar
    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
    dysphemism
    an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
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