Definitions for knackerˈnæk ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person who buys animal carcasses or slaughters useless livestock for a rendering works.
Category: Ancient History, British
a person who buys and dismembers old houses, ships, etc., to salvage usable parts, selling the rest as scrap.
Origin of knacker:
1565–75; -knack earlier, a saddlemaker, perh. (< Scand; cf. Icel hnakkr nape of the neck, saddle) + -er1
someone who buys old buildings or ships and breaks them up to recover the materials in them
someone who buys up old horses for slaughter
One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper.
A harness maker.
One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
A member of the Travelling Community; a gypsy.
A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.
To tire out, become exhausted.
Carrying that giant statue up those stairs knackered me out
Origin: From hnak, hur − the profession of saddlemaker.
one who makes knickknacks, toys, etc
one of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; -- called also clapper
a harness maker
one who slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh for dog's meat
A knacker is a person in the trade of rendering animals that have died on farms or are unfit for human consumption, such as horses that can no longer work. This leads to the slang expression "knackered" meaning very tired, or "ready for the knacker's yard", where old horses are slaughtered and the by-products are sent for rendering. A knacker's yard or knackery is different from a slaughterhouse, where animals are slaughtered for human consumption. In most countries Knackery premises are regulated by law. However, in modern usage, especially in Ireland, the word has come to describe both those from lower-class backgrounds who tend to engage in anti-social behaviour, as well as those of an Irish Traveller background. In this sense, the usage of the word "knacker" is akin to the usage of the term "chav" in England and ned in Scotland. Though it should be noted that by and large, members of the travelling community in Ireland live in what would ordinarily be considered temporary accommodation; such as roadside trailers or caravans. The word "knacker" was first used in 1812. It is from the Scandinavian word represented by O.N. hnakkur saddle and hnakki "back of the neck".
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