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[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used with or without object), wabbled, wabbling.
Related forms
wabbler, noun
wabblingly, adverb


[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
the larva of a botfly, Cuterebra emasculator, that infests squirrels and other rodents, rendering the males sterile.
Origin of wabble2
variant of warble2


or wabble

[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used without object), wobbled, wobbling.
to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
to move unsteadily from side to side:
The table wobbled on its uneven legs.
to show unsteadiness; tremble; quaver:
His voice wobbled.
to vacillate; waver.
verb (used with object), wobbled, wobbling.
to cause to wobble.
a wobbling movement.
1650-60; < Low German wabbeln; akin to Old Norse vafla to toddle, Middle High German wabelen to waver, Old English wæflian to speak incoherently
Related forms
wobbler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wabble
Historical Examples
  • Farm stones often are neglected until they wabble so badly that it is difficult to grind any tool to an edge.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • Well, I like your nerve to come here with that kind of wabble.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • He did not nod now, for, lying down as he was, his head could not shake and wabble.

  • Our Ex-President, however, has ceased apparently to "wabble."

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • The least "wabble" might cause the current to strike her on the side, and send her over on her beam ends in the vortex below us.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • A man can tell only so much truth; then he begins to wabble.

    Goat-Feathers Ellis Parker Butler
  • If the false body is not made hard enough, the leg-wires can not be firmly fastened, and the bird will "wabble."

  • One stroke with the bow, and all the people began to wabble.

  • I have to wabble round and be a little of everything, and change sudden, too.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • The hunchback watched the yellow disk turn and flit and wabble on its base and flutter down with its tingling reverberations.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
British Dictionary definitions for wabble


verb, noun
a variant spelling of wobble
Derived Forms
wabbler, noun
wabbly, adjective


(intransitive) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
(intransitive) to tremble or shake: her voice wobbled with emotion
(intransitive) to vacillate with indecision
(transitive) to cause to wobble
a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
Also called wabble
Derived Forms
wobbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: variant of wabble, from Low German wabbeln; related to Middle High German wabelen to waver
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Word Origin and History for wabble



1650s, probably from Low German wabbeln "to wobble;" cognate with Old Norse vafla "hover about, totter," related to vafra "move unsteadily," from Proto-Germanic *wab- "to move back and forth" (see waver). The noun is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wabble in Medicine

wobble wob·ble (wŏb'əl)

  1. A movement or rotation with an uneven or rocking motion or an unsteady motion from side to side.

  2. The ability of one tRNA anticodon to recognize two mRNA codons, as in the third base of a tRNA anticodon pairing with any of a variety of bases that occupy the third position of different mRNA codons instead of pairing according to base pairing rules.

wob'bler n.
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