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 guitars strike sky-high notes that wobble with some unease, but keep their aim true. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Song You Need to Know: Iceage, ‘High and Hurt’," 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, "YouTube Ad Revenue Tops $6 Billion in First Quarter," 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, "Climate change has shifted the Earth's axis, new study suggests," 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, "Desert X Is the Artsiest Drive in the U.S.," 17 Apr. 2021 The electromagnet causes the muons to wobble like toy tops losing their balance. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "The $25 Million Magnet That Might Have Just Changed Particle Physics," 7 Apr. 2021 Daytime highs wobble in the 40s and 50s into late March but the GFS model expands an early season warm bubble into town first week of April, with 60s, maybe a few 70s? Star Tribune, "Partly sunny and not as windy Monday - Heavier rain expected Monday Night into Wednesday," 21 Mar. 2021 That should be at least as entertaining as watching Tom Brady wobble off the boat after Tampa Bay's aquatic Super Bowl parade. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Are you ready for some (more) football!," 12 Feb. 2021 All nuts and bolts should be tight and no parts of the swing set should wobble or jiggle. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How to get your outdoor space ready for warmer months," 6 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hours before reentry, engineers commanded Skylab to fire some engines and produce a wobble that would adjust its path just a bit, bringing its descent over the ocean. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Don’t Fall to Pieces Just Because China’s Rocket Is," 7 May 2021 On the sidewalk, Kari’s legs, scarred by intravenous punctures, wobble, then surrender to gravity. Adam Galler, Anchorage Daily News, "Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID," 23 Apr. 2021 When the ticker hit 11.61 inHg—the equivalent of 24,000 feet above sea level—the drone went into a death wobble and flipped upside down. Mark Synnott, Wired, "Here’s What It Takes to Fly a Drone on Mount Everest," 13 Apr. 2021 In this case, the master clock that keeps track of the muons’ wobble had been set to a rate unknown to the researchers. New York Times, "A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics," 7 Apr. 2021 However, the recent European wobble over the vaccine’s potential links to rare blood clots has badly dented confidence in its safety. David Meyer, Fortune, "The future of collaboration," 22 Mar. 2021 To counteract the wobble and make the flight smoother, the blades, which have a foam core and a carbon fiber coating, are crafted to be lightweight but extremely stiff. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the First Helo on Mars: A Deep Dive Into What Makes Ingenuity So…Ingenious," 20 Feb. 2021 Some stationary bikes can feel a little iffy, especially when your feet are strapped in, but this model promises a wobble-free ride. Gabrielle Hondorp, Health.com, "The 8 Best Peloton Alternatives of 2021, According to Customer Reviews," 25 Feb. 2021 There are gaming desks which are tricked out with RGB lighting and gimmicky effects, but the EvoDesk focuses on what's most important: a sturdy, powerful sit/stand desk that operates quietly, smoothly and without wobble. Jon Martindale, Forbes, "The Best Height Adjustable Standing Desks To Improve Your Posture And Comfort," 24 Feb. 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 14 May. 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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