shonky Austral./NZ

shonky Austral./NZ
informal
adjective (shonkier, shonkiest) dishonest, unreliable, or illegal.
noun (also shonk) a person engaged in suspect business activities.
Origin
1970s: perh. from Engl. dialect shonk 'smart'.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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