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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Other Words from wobble


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

agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shake, shudder, vibrate

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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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By the weekend just gone, support for Boris among Tory activists had scarcely wobbled despite the dying scandal-mania. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Can Anyone Beat Boris?," 9 July 2019 Each blow set the brain wobbling in a complicated way for a few tenths of a second, the team found. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Concussions originate from ringing deep inside the brain, modeling suggests," 30 Mar. 2018 Bumgarner wobbled at the outset of this one, allowing Jeff McNeil’s double and a single by J.D. Davis. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner sparkles, Donovan Solano gets decisive hit in 16-inning win," 19 July 2019 But Powell indicated early this year that the Fed was pivoting away from steady increases, adopting a patient stance instead as markets wobbled and growth showed signs of weakening. Jeanna Smialek, BostonGlobe.com, "Fed holds rates steady but opens door to a cut," 19 June 2019 Major indexes have wobbled near peaks so far this week, hurt by the deepening rout in health-care stocks. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Stocks Edge Lower, Pulled Down by Health-Care Shares," 17 Apr. 2019 On a recent afternoon, the daughter to whom Jane Doe gave birth during the February 2018 ordeal wobbled around a small room inside a Bronx law office drumming a wooden table. New York Times, "She Was Forced to Give Birth in Handcuffs. Now Her Case Is Changing Police Rules.," 3 July 2019 Maybe that’s why the movie, in its greatest-hits-ripped-out-of-context way, wobbles around the kicky splendor of the songs. Owen Gleiberman, chicagotribune.com, "‘Yesterday’ and ‘Rocketman’ are pop-music fantasias that never touch the greatness of their subjects," 29 June 2019 Normally, the Fed cuts rates when the economy wobbles or has entered a recession. Editors, USA TODAY, "Juneteenth, Hope Hicks heads to Capitol Hill: 5 things to know Wednesday," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These two planets, GJ 357 c and d, were found using the radial velocity method: by looking at the slight wobble in the star’s motions caused by its planets’ tiny gravitational tugs. Los Angeles Times, "Astronomers found a planet where life might thrive, and it’s just 31 light-years away," 31 July 2019 The magical cartoonish-surreal quality wobbles, too. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘American Spies,’ examining a Japanese American family in 1941, doesn’t quite find its footing," 23 July 2019 Stocks shook off an early wobble to eke out small gains Tuesday, nudging the S&P 500 index to an all-time high for the second straight day. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Stocks rebound, S&P 500 hits a record again," 2 July 2019 Manfred speculated that the pill at the core of the ball is becoming more perfectly centered as production techniques improve, which makes the ball more aerodynamic by reducing wobble. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Higher, farther, faster: Missions riding wave of baseball’s home run surge," 28 June 2019 This policy keeps federal subsidy dollars flowing to insurers during the grace period, even if a consumer has a financial wobble. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Can companies just cancel your health insurance without warning?," 8 June 2019 Went up for a layup in Louisville, came down, and felt her left knee wobble. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Maddie Nolan lost basketball, found herself," 12 June 2019 The labor market has been on a bit of a roller coaster over the past few months, adding 312,000 jobs in January — the month of the government shutdown and following a massive stock market wobble — to a surprisingly low 56,000 jobs in February. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The job market is still strong, but there are signs it's slowing down," 6 June 2019 Instead, the existence of the planets is calculated from indirect observations, such as measuring changes in host stars’ brightness or tracking little wobbles caused by the gravitational tug of the bodies orbiting them. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Snap a Rare Picture of Two Baby Planets," 7 June 2019

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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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