knackered (2)

This page is about the slang term knackered (2)

British and Australian English


severely damaged

For example

  • My car is knackered. I was driving home last night when it coughed and spluttered and started smoking, and then it groaned and died.

  • My printer was fine yesterday, but when I turned it on this morning, nothing happened. I think it's knackered.


This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If something is totally knackered, you should probably

a. get rid of it

b. clean it

c. feed it

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Contributor: Matt Errey