jalopy

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Unknown. Perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, to whose scrap yards used cars were often sent from New Orleans starting in the 1920s. First recorded written use in 1924.[1][2]

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jalopy (plural jalopies)

  1. (US, dated) An old, dilapidated or unpretentious automobile.
    • 1979, Jack Kerouac, On the road, page 3:
      Dean is the perfect guy for the road because he was actually born on the road, when his parents were passing through Salt Lake City in 1926, in a jalopy, on their way to Los Angeles.
    • 2003, Terrance Dicks & Barry Letts, Deadly Reunion, chapter 22:
      There's only a rough track and I doubt if that jalopy of yours will make it.
  2. (US, dated, slang) A hip, cool, groovy automobile.


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  1. ^ World Wide Words
  2. ^ Douglas Harper, “jalopy”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.