knacker

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hnak (saddle), hur (horse) − the profession of saddlemaker.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

knacker (plural knackers)

  1. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)
  2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  3. A harness maker.
  4. One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition, pg. 117-118,
      After a few years even the whip loses its virtue, and the pony goes to the knacker
  5. One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
  6. (Ireland, UK, offensive) A member of the Travelling Community; a Gypsy.
  7. (Ireland, offensive, slang) A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.

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Verb[edit]

knacker (third-person singular simple present knackers, present participle knackering, simple past and past participle knackered)

  1. To tire out, become exhausted.
    Carrying that giant statue up those stairs knackered me out