wankel

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wankal, from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wankel ‎(comparative wankeler, superlative wankelst)

  1. unsteady, unstable, tottering
  2. shaky, insecure

Declension[edit]

Inflection of wankel
uninflected wankel
inflected wankele
comparative wankeler
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial wankel wankeler het wankelst
het wankelste
indefinite m./f. sing. wankele wankelere wankelste
n. sing. wankel wankeler wankelste
plural wankele wankelere wankelste
definite wankele wankelere wankelste
partitive wankels wankelers

Verb[edit]

wankel

  1. first-person singular present indicative of wankelen
  2. imperative of wankelen

Anagrams[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wancol ‎(unstable, uncertain, fickle, fluctuating; unsteady, tottering, vacillating, weak), from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz ‎(unsteady, wavering), from Proto-Indo-European *wank-, *wak-, *wek-, *weg- ‎(to be unsteady; crooked).

Adjective[edit]

wankel

  1. unstable, mutable, tottering, unconstant
    Ðe mereman ... wuneð in wankel stede ðer ðe water sinkeð. — Bestiary, 1300

References[edit]

  • Middle English Dictionary
  • Mayhew and Skeat, A Concise Dictionary of Middle English