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wonky

adjective

  1. (crooked)  turned or twisted toward one side
    Synonyms: agley [Scotland], askew, awry [predicate], cockeyed, lopsided, catawampus [informal],...
  2. (unstable)  inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
    Synonyms: rickety, shaky, shoogly [Scotland], wabbly, wobbly. Similar to: unstable

Etymology summary

English dialectal wanky, alteration of Middle English wankel ("unstable,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

wonky | askew [synonym, sense-specific]

shaky or unsteady | not in correct alignment; askew | liable to break down or develop a fault (16 of 395 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wonky

Wikipedia:

Wonky [disambiguation]

may refer to: Wonky (music), a tendency to use mid-range unstable synths, complex and unusual time signatures that appeared before summer 2008 | Wonky (album), a 2012 album by Orbital | Wonky Pop, a loose grouping of musical acts that played what the... (41 of 121 words, 4 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative] | faulty [synonym, sense-specific] | wonkily [derived] | wonkiness [derived]

[informal] : not straight; crooked or askew | [things] unsteady | not functioning correctly; faulty (13 of 72 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/wonky

Merriam-Webster:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative] | unsteady [synonym, sense-specific] | awry [synonym, sense-specific] | shaky [synonym, sense-specific] | wrong [synonym, sense-specific]

[British] "unsteady", "shaky" | [British] "awry", "wrong" (6 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/wonky

Cambridge Dictionary:

wonky

[British, informal] shaky, weak or unsatisfactory | [informal] not straight or level (11 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/wonky

Wiktionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative] | awry [synonym, sense-specific] | lonkie [synonym, sense-specific] | skew-whiff [synonym, sense-specific] | broken [synonym, sense-specific]

[British, Australian, New Zealand] Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre. | [British, Australian, New Zealand] Feeble, shaky or rickety. | [computing, Usenet] Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken. | Generally incorrect. (25 of 46 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/wonky

Macmillan British Dictionary:

wonky [British, informal] | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

not straight, steady, or firmly fixed in position (8 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/wonky

American Heritage Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Shaky; feeble. | Wrong; awry. (4 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wonky

New World Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

shaky, feeble, unreliable, etc. | askew, incorrect, etc. (7 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wonky

Random House Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

[British, slang] ; shaky, groggy, or unsteady. ; unreliable; not trustworthy. | [slang] stupid; boring; unattractive. (15 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/wonky

Encarta Dictionary:

wonky [entry 1, British, informal] | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

not to be relied on to be steady or secure or to function correctly (14 of 43 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713846​/definition​.html  [offline]

wonky [entry 2] | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

expert in matters of policy, especially in government, the economy, or diplomacy | studying too hard or too much (18 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701711733​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

wonky

Origin: 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 *wankōnan... (24 of 61 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/wonky

Online Etymology:

wonky

First use: 1919

Origin: "shaky, groggy, unstable", of unknown origin. Compare German prefix wankel-, which has a similar sense. Or perhaps from from surviving ... (21 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=wonky

Merriam-Webster:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

First use: 1918

Origin: probably alteration of English dialect wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/wonky

American Heritage Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Origin: Probably alteration of dialectal wanky, alteration of wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol, unsteady.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wonky

New World Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Origin: probably from or suggested by dialect words based on Old English wancol, shaky, tottering

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wonky

Collins Dictionary:

wonky

First use: 20th century

Origin: variant of dialect wanky, from Old English wancol

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wonky

Oxford Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

First use: early 20th century

Origin: fanciful formation

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/wonky

Encarta Dictionary:

wonky | wonks [plural]

First use: Early 20th century

Origin: unknown

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701711733​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

wonky

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "wonky"

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Collins Dictionary:

wonky

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "wonky"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wonky

Cambridge Dictionary:

wonky

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "wonky"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "wonky"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

wonky [informal] | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "wonky"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/wonky

Macmillan British Dictionary:

wonky [British, informal] | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "wonky"

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the Free Dictionary:

wonky

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "wonky"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "wonky"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "wonky" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

wonky | wonkier [comparative] | wonkiest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "wonky"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

wonky

Audio: North American pronunciation of "wonky"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=wonky​001 word=wonky

YourDictionary Audio:

wonky

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "wonky" by speech synthesizer

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