[juh-lop-ee] /dʒəˈlɒp i/

noun, plural jalopies. Informal.
an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.
noun (pl) -lopies, -loppies
(informal) a dilapidated old car

“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 (see jalapeno).


[1924+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Jalapa, a Mexican city to which many US used cars were sent]


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