What does Wonky mean?

Wonky means Weird

When something is not right or behaves unusually, it’s often referred to as “wonky”. Imagine you’re driving your car and it starts to make a weird noise, you’d probably tell your mechanic, “My car’s acting wonky”.

Although it’s hard to trace the exact origin of the term “wonky”, some people believe it has roots in the Proto-West Germanic word “wankul”, which means “shaky or unstable”. Over time, this word has changed into the more casual slang we know today, used to describe anything that’s a bit off or weird.

There are many things that can be described as wonky. It could be a crooked picture on the wall, a machine that’s not working right, an uneven floor, or even some strange tasting food. People can be wonky too, like your Aunt Sally who always wears her shoes on the wrong feet, or a quirky character like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Example for using ‘Wonky’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new sculpture in the park?

Yeah, I did. It looks kind of wonky, don’t you think? 🤔

Totally! The shape is all twisted and it doesn’t seem stable.

Exactly! It’s definitely not your typical artwork.