EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. 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 Related forms wob·bler, noun
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Examples from the Web for wobbler Historical Examples of wobbler
So the departure of Mr
Wobbler did not keep him away, and he went to the yard as much as ever. Wobbler, a foot soldier, a term of contempt used by cavalrymen.
I've loved that boy and he's far too good and fine for a
wobbler like yourself.
Wobbler recovered his equanimity, and affably condescended to apologise for his remarks.
The mere learning to box, and the necessary association with a man like
Wobbler, would not have done the boys much harm of itself. British Dictionary definitions for wobbler verb (intr) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily (intr) to tremble or shake her voice wobbled with emotion (intr) to vacillate with indecision (tr) to cause to wobble noun a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
wabble Derived Forms 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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Word Origin and History for wobbler v.
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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n. 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.
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