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

Other Words from wobble


wobbler or less commonly wabbler \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce wobble (audio) \ noun
wobbliness or less commonly wabbliness \ ˈwä-​blē-​nəs How to pronounce wobble (audio) \ noun
wobbly or less commonly wabbly \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce wobble (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That star’s exoplanet, Epsilon Indi Ab, is known only through the subtle gravitational wobble its bulk induces on the star. Daniel Leonard, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2022 An axle started to wobble on the youth movement before the game started. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2022 Those who decide to see the film in 4DX will experience each movement onscreen as a motion in their seats, which shake and wobble to the rhythm of the action. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 As the stock market began to wobble, SoftBank changed its plans. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 For leverage, his colleague broke up an end table, only for the concrete to wobble back toward Jonah’s skull. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 The steel structure doesn't wobble, and the whole thing just looks so attractive on a desk. Wired, 11 July 2022 If the blades are not even, then the fan will wobble and rattle during use. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 Most recently, some of SoftBank’s biggest bets in Vision Fund 2 have started to wobble. Iain Martin, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bike is quiet, the resistance is easy to adjust, and there's no wobble, even at a rider’s maximum output. Maggie Slepian, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 That’s a big change—the Chandler wobble has decayed. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Little changes—a slowdown in our daily run, a wobble on the stairs, a task that slips our mind—can raise nagging questions. Alex Janin, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Despite a late wobble, Aston Villa beat Everton 2-1 for its first win of the season and left its opponent without a point. Steve Douglas, ajc, 13 Aug. 2022 BitBoy’s rise — and even his recent Celsius wobble — highlights how low the threshold can be for gaining power amid the morass of gamified finance. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 Some have suggested a correlation with the Chandler wobble, McCarthy said. Megan Marples, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 Bunny Hopkins' wobble board comes in different colors, from natural wood to linen white to a multi-color rainbow. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 20 July 2022 All the keys on the Q2 are anchored with screw-in stabilizers that result in a wobble-free typing experience. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for wobble


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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