Knackered is defined as very tired, exhausted or worn down. Knackered is derived from knacker (to kill or wear out). Knackered also comes from the noun knacker which meant one who made harnesses or saddles.
Knackered is considered British slang that originates from 1971, though the first recorded use of knacker dates to around 1885 or so. Knackered is a kick of a word to use to describe just how worn out you feel. Saying that you feel quite knackered is more fun than simply saying you’re exhausted after all!
Yup, this is certainly the feeling knackered in an image!
As I have been down with a rather terrible head-cold for the past week or so, I’ve been truly feeling knackered in every sense of the word. That’s actually what inspired this post, since I’ve used knackered repeatedly to describe how I’ve been doing. I am quite hopeful that soon enough I’ll be recovered and not have to use knackered again for awhile. 2020 has actually been a year of feeling knackered. How have you been feeling knackered as of late?
Namaste ~ Ella
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