- shaky, feeble, unreliable, etc.
- askew, incorrect, etc.
Origin of wonkyprobably from or suggested by dialect, dialectal words based on Old English wancol, shaky, tottering
adjectivewon·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British
- Shaky or unsteady: a wonky table.
- Out of alignment; crooked: “The door itself looked wonky somehow, not quite square with the building” ( Steve Augarde )
- Not functioning properly or normally: wonky digestion; a wonky phone connection.
- Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
Origin of wonkyProbably alteration of dialectal wanky alteration of wankle from Middle English wankel from Old English wancol unsteady
(comparative wonkier, superlative wonkiest)
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 *wankÅnÄ… (“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.