wonky

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Etymology 1[edit]

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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Adjective[edit]

wonky ‎(comparative wonkier, superlative wonkiest)

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

wonk + -y

Adjective[edit]

wonky ‎(comparative wonkier, superlative wonkiest)

  1. Technically worded, in the style of jargon.

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