wonky

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From English dialectal wanky, alteration of Middle English wankel (unstable, shaky), from Old English wancol (unstable), from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz (swaying, shaky, unstable), from Proto-Germanic *wankōną (to sway, be unsteady), from Proto-Indo-European *wa(n)k-, *wek-, *wag-, *weg- (to swing, be unsteady, slant, be crooked). Cognate with Scots wankle (wonky), Dutch wankel (shaky), German Wankelmut (fickleness, inconstancy, vacillation), Danish vanke (to wander). See also wankle.

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wonky (comparative wonkier, superlative wonkiest)

  1. Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
  2. (chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand) Feeble, shaky or rickety.
  3. (computing, especially Usenet) Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
  4. Generally incorrect.

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