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[wob-ling] /ˈwɒb lɪŋ/
that wobbles or causes to wobble.
Sometimes, wabbling.
Origin of wobbling
First recorded in 1650-60; wobble + -ing2
Related forms
wobblingly, adverb


[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.
Sometimes, wabble1 .
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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  • They are then slipped on to the axle on each side of the wheel (Fig. 189) to prevent the latter from wobbling.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • If to be spread, use strong wire to support with no wobbling.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • It hovered at the edge of a great new hole and seemed to be wobbling, careening and losing its balance.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Look, there is a poor little one wobbling off all by itself.

    The Merryweathers Laura E. Richards
  • Then both in the middle, wobbling; then down into the bass again.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
  • But Isaacstein was wobbling now in a renewed state of excitement.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • Here, after a little straining and wobbling, that nearly cracked her sinews, she got on her knees.

  • The old professor appeared, wobbling slightly, but still game.

    The Moon Destroyers Monroe K. Ruch
British Dictionary definitions for wobbling


(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 wobbling



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.

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wobbling 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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