Broken or under heavy suspicion of being broken. Also, something that just doesn't look/smell/feel right, but you can't tell why.


  • My hair was all wonky this morning.
  • The server was wonky so I kicked it.
  • Her stomache was a little wonky - sure enough she had one drink and puked.

womble = W = woofer

wonky /wong'kee/ adj.

[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.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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