A wonky table.
Wonky digestion; a wonky phone connection.
Origin of wonky
- Probably alteration of dialectal wanky alteration of wankle from Middle English wankel from Old English wancol unsteady
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.