Definition of wonky
: characteristic of, relating to, or suggestive of a wonk : such asa : preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field <She can get wonky about the economy when she wants to, but what sets her apart is her ability to tell a coherent, populist story about it in a way that other members of her party are either unwilling or unable to do. — Rebecca Traister>b : used by or appealing to wonks < … one of those politicians who actually find pleasure in the often-wonky details of public policy. — John Powers>
First Known Use of wonky
Origin and Etymology of wonky
probably alteration of English dialect wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter — more at wench
First Known Use: 1918
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