wob·​ble | \ ˈwä-bəl How to pronounce wobble (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
wobbled also wabbled; wobbling also wabbling\ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce wabbling (audio) \

Definition of wobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move or proceed with an irregular rocking or staggering motion or unsteadily and clumsily from side to side

transitive verb

: to cause to wobble


variants: or less commonly wabble

Definition of wobble (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a hobbling or rocking unequal motion (as of a wheel unevenly mounted)
b : an uncertainly directed movement
2 : an intermittent variation (as in volume of sound)

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wobbler or less commonly wabbler \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce wabbler (audio) \ noun
wobbliness or less commonly wabbliness \ ˈwä-​blē-​nəs How to pronounce wabbliness (audio) \ noun
wobbly or less commonly wabbly \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce wabbly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wobble

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of wobble in a Sentence

Verb The vase wobbled but didn't fall over. The boy was wobbling along on his bicycle. The table wobbles a little. They have been wobbling in their support of the president's policies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their ability to wobble and dart, constantly changing direction, is unmatched by any lure. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Fishing Skills," 4 June 2020 Center-lane rails on the track keep cars from flying off, but bumping on and off them can also make vehicles wobble and slow. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020 As a result, Cristobal will probably wobble around the Bay of Campeche until at least Friday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Atlantic’s third storm has formed in record time, and it’s a threat," 2 June 2020 Focus on keeping your sight wobble small and your trigger control precise. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "This Rifle Training Program Will Make You a Better Shooter in 200 Rounds," 3 Apr. 2020 They're also designed to fit 2-inch, 4-inch, or 6-inch wide railings without wobbling. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Deals on Outdoor Essentials at The Home Depot's Memorial Day Sale," 22 May 2020 In the 2010s, grime splintered off into drill, a style ruled by wobbling, scanning bass sounds. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Rappers Who Are Breaking Up With Britain," 9 Mar. 2020 The Martian magnetic field seems to have shorter periods of wobbling that take place right around midnight and sometimes during dawn or dusk. National Geographic, "Mars is humming. Scientists aren’t sure why.," 24 Feb. 2020 As Evelyn starts pedaling, the rest of the crowd — including Moore, 57— cheer on the youngest family member, who expertly completes the ride without even wobbling. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Bruce Willis, Wife Emma Cheer on Daughter Alongside Demi Moore as They Social Distance Together," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both types of moons get stuck in orbits related to the planet's wobble, which pushes them away. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Saturn's moon Titan is rapidly migrating away from the planet," 10 June 2020 The whole rack stands about 37 inches high and connects without screws or hardware—yet comes with a 100 percent wobble-free guarantee. Popular Science, "Stylish and functional wine racks for any size collection," 3 June 2020 As Major League Baseball and its Players Association wobble towards an agreement to start the COVID-19-delayed season, the Rangers could be handed a huge advantage if the schedule ever gets underway: Fans. Dallas News, "Sources: MLB inclined to allow local governments to decide if fans are allowed at potential games," 4 June 2020 Verlander and Strasburg both settled in after their early wobbles and neither pitcher allowed the hitters to string much together until things fell apart for Houston in the seventh. Kristie Rieken, chicagotribune.com, "Nationals rout the Astros 12-3 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series," 23 Oct. 2019 The researchers identified the planet by watching its star wobble back and forth periodically as the massive planet orbited. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "Rare Newborn Planet May Be the Youngest Ever Detected," 22 June 2016 Thanks to Earth's precession, or its cyclical 26,000-year wobble, that role is now played by Polaris. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Satellite Discovers 'Second Earth'," 8 Jan. 2020 Astronomers and physicists have been trying to understand why this weird wobble exists for decades. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Something in Space Warped the Dang Milky Way," 4 Mar. 2020 Research shows that aggressive proprioception training using wobble boards, single-leg standing and other weight bearing moves can significantly reduce the risk of future ankle sprains. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "CJ McCollum on the mend, but must tread carefully to avoid ankle re-injury," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wobble


1657, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wobble


probably from Low German wabbeln; akin to Old English wǣfre restless — more at waver

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“Wobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wobble. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wobble

: to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion
: to be or become unsteady or unsure


wob·​ble | \ ˈwä-bəl \
wobbled; wobbling

Kids Definition of wobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move from side to side in a shaky manner The Black Knight … wobbled, and then fell to the ground …— Jon Scieszka, Knights of the Kitchen Table

Other Words from wobble

wobbly \ ˈwä-​blē \ adjective



Kids Definition of wobble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rocking motion from side to side

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