Adding to our list of odd, colloquial words, today we have “kaput.”
When I looked this one up, I wasn’t even sure how to spell it,
much less its etymology. Enjoy!


   /kɑˈpʊt, -ˈput, kə-/ Show Spelled[kah-poot,
kuh] Show IPA

–adjective Slang .

1. ruined; done for; demolished.

2. unable to operate or continue: The washing machine is suddenly kaput.


3. go kaput, to cease functioning; break down: The old car finally went kaput.

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