Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Weak; unstable; unreliable; not to be depended on.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not to be depended on; weak; unstable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weak; unstable; not to be depended on.

Etymologies

From Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol ("unstable, unsteady, tottering, vacillating, weak"), from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz (“unsteady, wavering”), from Proto-Indo-European *wank-, *wak-, *wek-, *weg- (“to be unsteady; crooked”). Cognate with Dutch wankel ("shaky, unstable"), Middle High German wankel ("unsteady"), German wanken ("to waver, totter"). See also wonky. (Wiktionary)

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