Wonky meaning

wŏngkē
Shaky or unsteady.

A wonky table.

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Out of alignment; crooked.
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Not functioning properly or normally.

Wonky digestion; a wonky phone connection.

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Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
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Shaky, feeble, unreliable, etc.
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Askew, incorrect, etc.
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Of, having to do with, or like a wonk.
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(chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand) Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
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(chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand) Feeble, shaky or rickety.
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(computing, especially Usenet) Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
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Generally incorrect.
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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 *wankōnÄ… (“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.

    From Wiktionary