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 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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Clippers had started to wobble in the fourth, their 13-point lead early in the quarter whittled to 98-94. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Investors have found few catalysts to drive stocks in either direction, causing major indexes to wobble. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Without him on floor against the Nuggets’ MVP center, the Blazers really wobble. John Canzano, oregonlive, 28 May 2021 During 1 week of commissioning, the chopper will test its motor and wobble its dual, counter-rotating 1.2-meter blades. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 23 Mar. 2021 The guitars strike sky-high notes that wobble with some unease, but keep their aim true. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 YouTube first revealed its advertising revenue a year ago, and since then saw its fortunes wobble somewhat amid the pandemic advertising drawdown. Alex Weprin, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2021 If the weight of a top is moved around, the spinning top would start to lean and wobble as its rotational axis changes. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2021 The walk up to the exhibit is intentionally part of the viewing experience: the sculpture appears to move, and almost wobble, with every turn. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the remainder of the cycle, the moon's wobble boosts the effects of sea-level rise. NBC News, 16 July 2021 The wobble isn't new -- it was first reported in 1728. Rachel Trent, CNN, 13 July 2021 Barty’s most significant wobble came in the second set. BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2021 If not, cover again and steam for another minute or so until it is set with a slight wobble. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Lee got through without a wobble for a score of 14.733 and finished strong on floor exercise to wrap up her Olympic spot. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 This provided further confirmation of the planets by using the radial velocity method, which tracks the wobble of starlight as planets orbit a star. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 June 2021 Chiles steadied herself after an early wobble on the balance beam but kept calm and earned 13.95 points. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 The best part: this desk is built hard-wearing and wobble-free. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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