that wobbles or causes to wobble.

Sometimes wab·bling.

Origin of wobbling

First recorded in 1650–60; wobble + -ing2
Related formswob·bling·ly, adverb


[wob-uh l]

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.
Sometimes wabble1.

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 formswob·bler, noun
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Examples from the Web for wobbling

Contemporary Examples of wobbling

  • The Krummens pay attention to politics, but are more concerned about the impact of the wobbling economy on their family.

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    Iowa Straw Poll Drawing Yawns

    Lauren Ashburn

    August 9, 2011

  • And when the Tories were wobbling just two months ago, it seemed that Brown's drudgery might just pay off.

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    Brits Get Ready to Rumble

    Alex Massie

    April 5, 2010

Historical Examples of wobbling

  • If to be spread, use strong wire to support with no wobbling.


    Leon Luther Pray

  • They piled into it and the ship moved off, wobbling, until I couldn't see it any more.

  • God help me that I am spared to call that wobbling Buchanan President.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Look, there is a poor little one wobbling off all by itself.

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards

  • But Isaacstein was wobbling now in a renewed state of excitement.

British Dictionary definitions for wobbling



(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 Formswobbler, 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 wobbling



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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Medicine definitions for wobbling




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.
Related formswobbler n.
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