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wabbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
adjective, wabblier, wabbliest.
1.
Related forms
wabbliness, noun

wobbly

or wabbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
adjective, wobblier, wobbliest.
1.
shaky; unsteady.
Origin of wobbly
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; wobble + -y1
Related forms
wobbliness, noun
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  • The wabbly had paused only to create havoc, not to produce utter chaos.

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  • But all of them had tried to get away when the wabbly went lurching in among the houses.

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  • They had twenty or thirty of them fixed by the time the noise of the wabbly was very near.

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  • There was the noise of felled trees, pushed down by the wabbly in its progress.

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  • The wabbly was unbelievably impersonal and horrible in its progress.

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  • As Sergeant Walpole saw the wabbly, there was no sign of humanity anywhere about the thing.

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  • The wabbly clanked and rumbled and roared obliviously past them.

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  • Off in the woods to their right the wabbly's noise grew louder as they overtook it.

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  • The wabbly was moving across the ploughed fields with a deceptive smoothness.

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  • Like a searchlight, the power-beam swept the earth before the wabbly.

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British Dictionary definitions for wabbly

wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
adjective -blier, -bliest
1.
unsteady
2.
trembling, shaking
noun
3.
(slang) throw a wobbly, to become suddenly very agitated or angry
Derived Forms
wobbliness, noun

Wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
noun (pl) -blies
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World
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Word Origin and History for wabbly

Wobbly

n.

1914, member of Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Probably some sort of elaboration of the W aspect of the acronym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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