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Unsteady; wobbly.‘the bockety wheelchair trundled off down the street’
unsteady, rocky, wobbly, wobbling, rickety, shaky, tottery, tottering, teetering, doddery, unsafe, unbalanced, unreliable, insecure, not secure, unfastened, unsecured, movable, precariousView synonyms
- ‘Of course the inherent theatrics help - the idea of moving everything, from spent paint-tube to bockety, kicked-in door, is a sure challenge to the imagination.’
- ‘It's probably propping up some old book shelf or bockety table somewhere.’
- ‘She'd hung some lovely flowery curtains at the window and put a bockety old armchair in one corner with a big soft cushion that matched the curtains to protect Mary Ann from the wires sticking up out of the old upholstery, and the high bed had a heavy white cotton counterpane with a tasselly white fringe, dropping almost to the floor.’
- ‘This was the pub into which baby Alphie arrived helter-skelter, in a bockety pram when Frank and Malachy were playing at free-wheeling the pram down Barrack Hill!’
- ‘It was hard pushing the pram because it had one bockety wheel that wanted to go its own way and it was harder still with Alphie buried under the mattress screaming for his mother.’
- ‘Levon played the drums for a set, looking like he was riding a bockety bicycle the whole time, singing like he was in church and the cathouse simultaneously, and put them all in the shade.’
- ‘I was soon distracted by our bockety table which was rattling like a ticker tape machine in preparation for a victory parade.’
- ‘I woke up Saturday morning and discovered that my double bed with its poorly-attached, bockety headboard had turned into a lovely king-sized bed with a white, shabby chic sleigh headboard.’
Late 19th century: from Irish bacach ‘lame’.
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