noun, plural jalopies. Informal.
an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.

1925–30, Americanism; origin uncertain

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

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Word Origin & History

"battered old automobile," 1924 (early variants include jaloupy, jaloppi, gillopy), of unknown origin; perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, where many U.S. used cars were sent (see jalapeño).
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Maybe not your hand-me-down high-school jalopy, but that first new vehicle you bought.
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