With reference to material such as cloth, glass, or (now especially) paper: full of or characterized by bulges, wrinkles, creases, or other blemishes; puckered. Compare "cockle", "cockled".
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. From cockle + -y.
adjectivedialect Scottish, British, Midlands English
Unsteady, tottering; rickety, shaky, unstable; = cocklety .
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Dickinson (?1799–1882). From cockle + -y.