wonky

[wong-kee]
adjective, wonkier, wonkiest.
1.
British Slang.
a.
shaky, groggy, or unsteady.
b.
unreliable; not trustworthy.
2.
Slang. stupid; boring; unattractive.

Origin:
1920–25; perhaps variant of dial. wanky, equivalent to wank(le) (Middle English wankel, Old English wancol; see wench) + -y1; def. 1 probably represents a different word (see wonk)

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wonky (ˈwɒŋkɪ)
 
adj , -kier, -kiest
1.  shaky or unsteady
2.  not in correct alignment; askew
3.  liable to break down or develop a fault
 
[C20: variant of dialect wanky, from Old English wancol]

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wonky definition

[ˈwɔŋki]
  1. mod.
    studious. (Collegiate.) : You ought to get a little wonky yourself.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
And of course, climatologists will want better evidence than a slightly wonky
  computer simulation.
Its a bit wonky because the projections were different, but you get the idea.
If your last experience talking to a computer was some wonky dictation
  software, you're in for a treat.
But he is unique, a moderate who overflows with wonky plans.
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