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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

Wobbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
noun, plural Wobblies.
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; of uncertain origin
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  • Nor was there gelatine in stock, with which to make a gay-colored, wobbly jelly.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "Go on explaining," said Margery, rocking herself in the now wobbly chair.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • But the trip's just as wobbly as ever for me, riding up here on your shoulder.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Good-night, said I, going to him to take his hand, for he was too wobbly to have met me halfway.

  • He felt sick and weak, as helpless as a blind and wobbly pup.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for wobbly

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 wobbly

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.

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