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

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

b : tremble, quaver

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 \ noun
wobbliness or less commonly wabbliness \ ˈwä-​blē-​nəs \ noun
wobbly or less commonly wabbly \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Examples of wobble in a Sentence


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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Call me a coward, but the thought of wobbling down Newport Avenue on an unfamiliar vehicle with nothing but a little bell for defense was enough to scare me off that. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Hassled by hound, blasted by leafblower: One man’s sweaty bike share adventure," 22 June 2018 That philosophy steers the BlackRock team toward tech, even though tech stock prices have occasionally wobbled when trade tensions have risen. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018 The Wildcats’ new coach, Kevin Sumlin, brings along an offense suited to Tate’s skill set; Sumlin’s scheme will play to his dual-threat gifts, a thought that should wobble the knees of opposing Pac-12 defensive coordinators. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best quarterbacks in college football," 26 June 2018 Trinniberg wobbled to the wire in 17th place, a hare turned tortoise down the stretch. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "When favorites like Justify win, so does everyone else involved," 7 May 2018 From here Chan commutes 40 minutes to the Four Seasons by subway, wobbling into the staff canteen around 9 am for rice porridge and news. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 There’s only a jukebox stocked with soul and blues classics, an old piano, and some tables and chairs and bar stools that wobble. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Tavern always on the rocks serves nostalgia with a twist," 18 June 2018 Outside Lubyanka, soccer fans wobbled with drinks in hand. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russia Relaxes, for a Moment, to Let Soccer Fans Rejoice," 2 July 2018 Stocks have struggled for traction since, with indexes from Asia to Europe to New York wobbling Wednesday. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Yields Continue March, Topping 3%," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Although individual Miocene glacial cycles were driven by orbital wobbles just like in the last ice age, warmth and maximum ice retreat persisted through several orbital and glacial cycles, tracking the higher atmospheric CO2. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?," 18 June 2018 Partly that’s because Trump, after some early wobbles, supported her in blaming Russia for the use of nerve agent against a former double agent on British soil last month. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "U.K.’s Risk-Averse Leader Sees Danger on All Sides as Syria Action Looms," 12 Apr. 2018 Manchester City have recovered from their minor wobble during April and come to St. Mary's in typically strong form. SI.com, "Southampton vs Manchester City Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 12 May 2018 Despite his team's wobbles, Ronaldo is a goal off the pace for the Golden Boot, scoring four times thus far–more than he's scored in all three of his previous World Cups combined. Julia Poe, SI.com, "How to Watch Uruguay vs. Portugal: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 30 June 2018 Previous market wobbles between 2014 and 2016 centered on countries such as Russia, Brazil and Colombia. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The $2 Trillion Challenge Facing Emerging Markets," 29 June 2018 The hinge is quite sturdy and doesn’t have the horrible screen wobble so many 2-in-1s are plagued by. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: jack of all trades," 2 July 2018 The study says that every 405,000 years, due to wobbles in our orbit caused by the gravitational pulls of the two planets, seasonal differences here on Earth become more intense. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Weird but true: Orbits of Jupiter and Venus affect Earth’s climate, new study says," 7 May 2018 Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 18, attempted to jump a wobble with his skateboard. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’," 29 Apr. 2018

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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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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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