- British Slang.
- shaky, groggy, or unsteady.
- unreliable; not trustworthy.
- Slang. stupid; boring; unattractive.
Origin of wonky
Related Words for wonkyunsteady, wobbly, rickety, unstable, unreliable, crooked, awry, precarious, tottering
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Contemporary Examples of wonky
Much ink has been spilled over the wonky science and plot contrivances of Interstellar.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
Justin Bieber This wonky first pitch offers further proof that Justin Bieber struggles with the definition of a straight line.50 Cent and the Worst Celebrity First Pitches
May 28, 2014
The store became famous for “wonky carrots”—the type often rejected by supermarkets on aesthetic grounds.Prince Charles's Chickens Killed By Foxes!
May 7, 2014
This could all change if Maryland decides to veer left and elect Heather Mizeur, a wonky, pro-pot married lesbian, as governor.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?
March 11, 2014
He tends toward the wonky, goes heavy on historical references, and likes to quote folks like Montesquieu.On CPAC Day 2, the Libertarian Wing Takes Over
March 8, 2014
Historical Examples of wonky
He straightened his back more, making it pop and gave her his devilish grin, the one where his wonky eyebrow went up and down.Makers
- shaky or unsteady
- not in correct alignment; askew
- liable to break down or develop a fault
Word Origin for wonky
"shaky, groggy, unstable," 1919, of unknown origin. Cf. German prefix wankel-, which has a similar sense. Or perhaps from surviving dialectal words based on Old English wancol "shaky, tottering" (see wench).