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wonky

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adjective \ ˈwäŋ-kē \

Definition of wonky

wonkier; wonkiest
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:characteristic of, relating to, or suggestive of a wonk: such as
a :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

wonkiness

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First Known Use of wonky

1978


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wonky

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adjective won·ky \ ˈwäŋ-kē \

Definition of wonky

wonkier; wonkiest
1 British :unsteady, shaky
2 chiefly British :awry, wrong

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



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