Question by  dobie66 (1)

What's the origin of the word "wonky"?


Answer by  Shifter (96)

Wonky comes from the Middle English dialectal alteration of wanky, an alteration of wankle. It is an adjective meaning shaky or unsteady.


Answer by  vlcmgrl1698 (6)

As I understand this word my closest guess would be German, as a child my Oma used to laugh at small children and say they were "wonken" like a teeter-totter. Since wonky can mean unsteady, not quite right or unusual this would be my best and morst accurate and fair assumption.

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