Wankle
Wankle Wan"kle, a. [AS. wancol.] Not to be depended on; weak; unstable. [Prov. Eng.] --Grose. [1913 Webster]

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  • wankle — adjective Weak; unstable; unreliable; not to be depended on …   Wiktionary

  • wankle — I Yorkshire Dialect Unsteady II North Country (Newcastle) Words uncertain, variable (of the weather); also means weak, loose, unsteady …   English dialects glossary

  • wankle — wan·kle …   English syllables

  • wankle —  1) weak. N.  2) limber, flaccid, ticklish, fickle, wavering. N …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • wankle — ˈwaŋkəl adjective Etymology: Middle English wankel, wankill, from Old English wancol; akin to Old High German wanchal unsteady, wankōn, wanchōn to stagger, sway more at wink 1. chiefly dialect : unsteady, unstable; also …   Useful english dictionary

  • wang-tooth — Cleveland Dialect List a molar tooth or grinder wankle unstable, tottering; unsettled or changeable: a wankle prospect , wankle weather …   English dialects glossary

  • wench´er — wench «wehnch», noun, verb. –n. 1. a girl or young woman. 2. a) a woman servant: »a kitchen wench. b) any girl considered as belonging to the class of workers or peasants: »a buxom country wench. 3. Archaic. a wanton woman. –v.i. to seek out and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • won|ky — «WONG kee», adjective, ki|er, ki|est. British Slang. in poor condition or working order; likely to break down or collapse; unsound. ╂[perhaps related to wankle (Cf. ↑wankle)] …   Useful english dictionary

  • wonky — adjective (wonkier; est) Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter more at wench Date: 1918 1. British unsteady, shaky 2. chiefly… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wangle — obtain something by trickery, 1888, originally British printer s slang for fake by manipulation; perhaps an alteration of WAGGLE (Cf. waggle), or of wankle (now dial.) unsteady, fickle, from O.E. wancol (see WENCH (Cf. wench)). Brought into wider …   Etymology dictionary

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