Definitions for wonkyˈwɒŋ ki
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
won•kyˈwɒŋ ki(adj.)-ki•er, -ki•est.
Brit. Informal. shaky; unsteady. unreliable.
Origin of wonky:
1920–25; perh. var. of dial. wanky=wank(le) (ME wankel, OE wancol
askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff(adj)
turned or twisted toward one side
"a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton; "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff"
rickety, shaky, wobbly, wonky(adj)
inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
"a rickety table"; "a wobbly chair with shaky legs"; "the ladder felt a little wobbly"; "the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky"
Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
Feeble, shaky or rickety.
Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
Origin: From English dialectal wanky, alteration of wankel, from wancol, from wankulaz, from wankōnan, from wa(n)k-. Cognate with wankle, wankel, Wankelmut, vanke. See also wankle.
Wonky is an often-debated and very unique/experimental classification of electronic music that uses mid-range unstable synths, complex and unusual time signatures that appeared before summer 2008, among a range of musical genres, including hip hop, IDM, grime, chiptune, dubstep, 90's G-funk, crunk, electro and broken beat. The "wet and unstable" sound of wonky is achieved with producing such mid-range basses using pitch bending, LFOs on lowpassing and highpassing, phasing, and delaying. The resonance parameters of the synth's LFOs are often high. These effects give the synth and bass unique "wonky" sounds, hence the name of the genre.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[from Australian slang] Yet another approximate synonym for broken. Specifically connotes a malfunction that produces behavior seen as crazy, humorous, or amusingly perverse. “That was the day the printer's font logic went wonky and everybody's listings came out in Tengwar.” Also in wonked out. See funky, demented, bozotic.
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