Meaning of clunker in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklʌŋkə/

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  • 1North American informal A dilapidated vehicle or machine.

    • ‘old clunkers are the primary source of pollution’
    • ‘Computer stores probably don't sell clunkers like your old laptop any more.’
    • ‘It includes nonsense about not raking up lawn clippings, using fluorescent light bulbs and getting your old clunker of a car tuned more often.’
    • ‘All she left was my old clunker of a car, my clothes, and my gun.’
    • ‘It can also be fun to modernize an old clunker, particularly if you're the type who likes to tinker.’
    • ‘Familiar, yes, but substandard, like going back to drive the old clunker of a car you used to own before you could finally afford something brand new.’
    • ‘One of her friends had an old clunker he was fixing up.’
    • ‘But moving to the cutting edge of PC technology often creates a problem - what to do with the old clunker.’
    • ‘He's old, and he must not have very much - you should see the old clunker he drives around in.’
    • ‘Ready to get out of that old clunker and slide into a shiny new car?’
    • ‘We've all been through that horrid process of buying clunkers from guys in slick suits and even slicker haircuts.’
    • ‘A driver might manage his race wisely, but if the car is a clunker, what you know about your competitors means little.’
    • ‘Much more powerful 750 horsepower engines replaced the 500 horsepower clunkers on the original.’
    • ‘I showed up with my clunker of a mountain bike, wearing a tank top and shorts, and I was good to go.’
    jalopy, lemon, rustbucket, bucket of bolts, hooptie, crate
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    1. 1.1A thing that is totally unsuccessful.
      ‘novel after novel and not a clunker among them’
      • ‘The movie business is bound to turn out clunkers.’
      • ‘What if the last two songs from the seventies are classics, and the last two songs from the eighties are clunkers?’
      • ‘In fact the painting is so bad that it might well be one of the artist's many authentic clunkers.’
      • ‘Even the most discriminating of readers occasionally finds himself immersed in a volume that, for all its promise, turns out to be a real clunker.’
      • ‘The script is a real clunker, featuring dialogue so inept one is tempted to suspect the screenwriter died early in the process.’
      • ‘But in all honesty I'm just glad for the fact that the movie is not the cast-iron clunker it could've been.’
      • ‘Indeed, there can't be too many people who haven't bought a CD for one song, to find the rest of the album is full of clunkers.’
      • ‘But the IT industry has had more than its fair share of clunkers.’
      • ‘Sixteen songs, and not a clunker amongst them, really is an embarrassment of riches and will surely bring this gifted singer songwriter the audience he deserves.’
      • ‘Although, then again, if her press people had had the chance to review the article, perhaps they could have prevented this clunker from appearing.’
      • ‘Even her buoyant presence fails to keep this cinematic clunker from sinking.’
      • ‘On the band's four-song demo, only one song is a clunker, overdoing the keyboards so that they sound like a wild vibraphone.’
      • ‘There are all sorts of musical and lyrical details like this throughout the album, but it doesn't make all of the songs great - there are a number of genuine clunkers and some smaller disappointments.’
      • ‘Three of the album's thirteen songs go absolutely nowhere - the first time I've ever heard three clunkers on one of their albums.’
      • ‘It's a shame that there are several clunkers mixed with such strong material - they had enough good tunes to release a much more solid album.’
      • ‘Sure, there were a few clunkers in their discography, but one couldn't deny their innate ability to craft such dark, soulful, rock songs.’
      • ‘While there is much here to delight the aficionado, there are more than a few clunkers as well, and many of the best films are available in other collections.’
      • ‘In writing this review and consequently refreshing of my memory of all the episodes in this year, I was surprised to find so many clunkers in the midst.’
      • ‘A few truly compelling works were generated, but also several mediocre ones, along with a couple of real clunkers.’
      • ‘I'll be the first person to admit that not every episode of this first season was perfect, but there are no real clunkers in the lot.’
      failure, flop, bust, dud, turkey
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