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n. pl. ja·lop·ies Informal
An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.

[Origin unknown.]


(dʒəˈlɒpɪ) or


n, pl -lopies or -loppies
(Automotive Engineering) informal a dilapidated old car
[C20: of unknown origin]


(dʒəˈlɒp i)

n., pl. -lop•ies.
an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.
[1925–30, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jalopy - a car that is old and unreliablejalopy - a car that is old and unreliable; "the fenders had fallen off that old bus"
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
dysphemism - an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"


[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] Ncacharro m, armatoste m


[dʒəˈlɒpi] nvieux tacot m


n (inf)alte (Klapper)kiste or Mühle (inf)


[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] n (fam) (old car) → macinino, carretta
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After viewing the latest ding on my bumper, my husband would like to request that they put that project on hold and work on the technology aimed at successfully landing the wife's jalopy on the driveway.
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just some jalopy that gets to the end of the road will do - so it'll have to be somewhere that doesn't have a f***in DVLA or fuel duty that squeezes you a bit harder every couple of months.
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The latter even lived in the knackered exhaust pipe of an abandoned 1940s jalopy, which had also been conveniently dumped right next to the world's most telegenic cactus.
It's real excitin' - we get to go on a roadshow in an old-fashioned jalopy, lookin' for the best singin' and dancin' talent around.
The festival is set at its usual site for the past two years at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music which is located between Hamilton and Woodhull streets in Brooklyn.
Soon the jalopy you bought because it was cheap will become a moving money pit or, just as likely, a static, space-wasting experiment into the processes of automotive decomposition.
What Mukherjee should do is go to his car mechanic and get a ' denting- painting' job for mental jalopy, for he has run the country's political discourse into the gutter.
I shall be content with my jalopy even if it's more often in the garage than on the road as long as it never tells tales or is one up on me.
Believe me you're not; he would not be caught in some jalopy driving erratically down the street