[ wom-buh l, -uh l, wam- ]
/ ˈwɒm bəl, -əl, ˈwæm- /

verb (used without object), wam·bled, wam·bling.

to move unsteadily.
to feel nausea.
(of the stomach) to rumble; growl.


an unsteady or rolling movement.
a feeling of nausea.

Nearby words

  1. waltzed flap,
  2. waltzer,
  3. walvis bay,
  4. wam,
  5. wambenger,
  6. wame,
  7. wammul,
  8. wammus,
  9. wampanoag,
  10. wampish

Origin of wamble

1300–50; Middle English wamle, obscurely akin to Norwegian vamla to stagger

Related formswam·bli·ness, nounwam·bly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wamble


/ (ˈwɒmbəl) dialect, mainly British /

verb (intr)

to move unsteadily
to twist the body
to feel nausea


an unsteady movement
a sensation of nausea
Derived Formswambliness, nounwambly, adjective

Word Origin for wamble

C14 wamelen to feel ill, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian vamla to stagger

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