Etymology
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wonky (adj.)

"shaky, groggy, unstable," 1919, of unknown origin. German prefix wankel- has a similar sense. Perhaps from surviving dialectal words based on Old English wancol "shaky, tottering" (see wench (n.)).

updated on April 08, 2014

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Definitions of wonky from WordNet

wonky (adj.)
turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton;
Synonyms: askew / awry / cockeyed / lopsided / skew-whiff
wonky (adj.)
inclined to shake as from weakness or defect;
the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky
Synonyms: rickety / shaky / wobbly
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