[ wob-uhl ]
/ ˈwɒb əl /
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verb (used without object), wob·bled, wob·bling.
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), wob·bled, wob·bling.
to cause to wobble.
a wobbling movement.
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Origin of wobble

1650–60; <Low German wabbeln; akin to Old Norse vafla to toddle, Middle High German wabelen to waver, Old English wæflian to speak incoherently


wobbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wobble

/ (ˈwɒbəl) /

(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
Also called: wabble

Derived forms of wobble

wobbler, noun

Word Origin for wobble

C17: variant of wabble, from Low German wabbeln; related to Middle High German wabelen to waver
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Medical definitions for wobble

[ wŏbəl ]

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.

Other words from wobble

wobbler n.
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