Definition of knackered in English:



  • 1Extremely tired.

    ‘you look absolutely knackered’
    • ‘It took me a while to admit I was knackered.’
    • ‘He walks off the pitch looking absolutely knackered.’
    • ‘By now the previous day had caught up with me and I was pretty knackered, and then there was the drive home.’
    • ‘She was sitting at the foot of the sofa watching TV, obviously knackered, whilst Dom played with his fire engine.’
    • ‘I rowed and rowed and rowed until I was knackered.’
    • ‘Went to bed before midnight last night, fell asleep relatively quickly and woke up this morning feeling as knackered as I have all week.’
    • ‘The problem was that we were knackered by the time Saturday came round.’
    • ‘By this time I had added sunstroke and dehydration to being absolutely knackered.’
    • ‘Once the euphoria has ebbed away, Torrance will be entitled to feel a bit knackered.’
    • ‘Felt bloody awful when I finished - too knackered to feel properly pleased!’
    • ‘The least likely recruit was perhaps Andy, who met us at Central Station looking, frankly, knackered.’
    • ‘Anybody too knackered to lift a cup of tea to parched lips can have it intravenously.’
    • ‘Work and looking after our son leaves me knackered.’
    • ‘I was completely knackered on arrival, suggesting that walking the complete trail from 100 to 1 might be overdoing it somewhat.’
    • ‘I am supposed to be going dancing but I am knackered, so I will probably stay in and feel sorry for myself instead.’
    • ‘I still had to get up early for work in the morning… which is why I feel absolutely knackered now.’
    • ‘By the time I got home I was knackered.’
    • ‘A quick note to self - being knackered enough to end up asleep on the sofa all night is not a good thing.’
    • ‘Britain is full of knackered working parents who need childcare centres.’
    • ‘I had to have a little snooze this afternoon as I was completely knackered.’
    exhausted, tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
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    1. 1.1 Worn out or damaged by overuse.
      ‘a knackered CD player’
      • ‘A few days later, I decided out of curiosity to see whether the old vcr is still knackered.’
      • ‘Celebrate that space bloke fixing his knackered old shuttle by playing the Solar Games.’
      • ‘But we all know the embattled financially knackered rail service is again going to walk away from this with no one held accountable.’
      • ‘You can see it, though, can't you: there's nothing so pathetic and washed up as a really knackered old shoe.’
      • ‘But fortunately the front lock is very knackered, so didn't actually work on this occasion.’
      • ‘In fact it was rigged with what looked suspiciously like 10 year old and totally knackered Oxford gear!’
      • ‘Or maybe the electronic engine control unit is knackered.’
      • ‘Well I can ask the same question on my knackered old gas cooker.’
      • ‘We have been told so often that Scottish football is knackered that we have come to believe it.’
      • ‘She wanted something "reliable, good value and not as embarrassing as my knackered old Nissan Micra".’
      • ‘Funnily enough, 68 years on, that equipment is knackered.’
      • ‘If one pulls the other way, the whole thing is knackered. "’
      broken, damaged, faulty, defective, unsound
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