- 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.
- to cause to wobble.
- a wobbling movement.
Origin of wobble
Related Words for wobbletotter, quiver, wiggle, reel, teeter, lurch, vibrate, sway, flounder, seesaw, shimmy, careen, waver, falter, vacillate, tremble, stumble, oscillate, weave, rock
Examples from the Web for wobble
Contemporary Examples of wobble
As the president neared the end of his remarks, a young woman beside him began to wobble, on the verge of fainting.“No Excuse” For Obamacare Rollout Problems
October 21, 2013
Few would hesitate to throw their speaker aside if his knees appear to wobble.Government Shutdown: John Boehner's Moment of Truth
April 6, 2011
In the first half of the interview, this confidence seemed to wobble.Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB Bid Is His Latest Move for Control
January 30, 2011
Historical Examples of wobble
But when he had got away from him, his mind began to wobble.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
But it burned like fury once it hit my stomach and my mind began to wobble.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
A trout would not wobble and tug in that sullen, carthorse manner.Lines in Pleasant Places
Of these explanations that of the 'wobble' needs some passing notice.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
Ought its hump to wobble like that, and hang over all on one side?Glyn Severn's Schooldays
George Manville Fenn
- (intr) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
- (intr) to tremble or shakeher voice wobbled with emotion
- (intr) to vacillate with indecision
- (tr) to cause to wobble
- a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
Word Origin for wobble
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.
- A movement or rotation with an uneven or rocking motion or an unsteady motion from side to side.
- 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.