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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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

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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 But then the blueprint was rejected at two referendums, economic crisis set in, the euro zone started to wobble, migration soared and the union ended the decade much less struttingly than almost anyone had predicted. The Economist, "Reading the cards," 14 Nov. 2019 Notice that a ceremonial sword is wobbling in a wall display? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 Now, with the majority of political energy on both sides of the aisle focused on either executing or combatting an impeachment inquiry, that already ambitious agenda is wobbling on shaky legs and could soon be down for the count. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "As Impeachment Inquiry Takes Off, Trade Deal, Other Bills Might Be Stalled," 4 Oct. 2019 Take a tour of each room to look for things that could fall or break if the ground starts to wobble. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earthquake safety tips," 20 Sep. 2019 Your cinder block house wobbled and the roof fell off and the structure split open like a walnut, leaving the two of you exposed to the heavens. Freep.com, "In 'Finding Chika,' Albom reveals his family's devastating love story," 3 Nov. 2019 Where her previous songs boomed and crashed, her new songs wobble and glow. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Vagabon Goes Her Own Way," 14 Oct. 2019 And the storm wobbled a little bit more to the west. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 1, 2019," 1 Sep. 2019 Both clubs wobbled last week and need to bounce back quickly. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC, BMO Field in MLS action: Keys to the match and prediction," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The repo market’s wobbles have revealed not only banks’ huge appetite for cash, but the unforeseen consequences of post-crisis prudential regulation. The Economist, "Why the repo market went awry…," 2 Nov. 2019 This wobble produces tiny shifts in the light the star emits, and scientists can analyze these shifts to determine the size and distance of the planet. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Nobel Prize in physics awarded for research on exoplanets and the structure of the universe," 8 Oct. 2019 These visible wobbles can be detected with the Doppler effect—just like the change in the frequency of the sound of an approaching or retreating train. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "Winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in physics expanded our understanding of the universe," 8 Oct. 2019 What’s strange is that these Martian wobbles happen at local midnight, as if responding to the demands of an unseen, nocturnal timer. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 This, in turn, will cause the storm to all but come to a stop, although some wobbles are possible that will affect its path over the next couple of days. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Dorian strengthens further, now tied for second-strongest Atlantic storm," 1 Sep. 2019 Together, those instruments take measurements of Mars' vital signs, such as its pulse, temperature and reflexes -- which translate to internal activity like seismology and the planet's wobble as the sun and its moons tug on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "InSight mission is digging into Mars again," 17 Oct. 2019 The agency says more than 3,500 owners have complained to the company and government about frame weld problems or steering issues including a shimmy or wobble, looseness, or locking up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US opens probe of steering problems, welds in Jeep Wranglers," 20 Sep. 2019 Just tens of miles and subtle storm wobbles could make the difference between the two scenarios. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Catastrophic’ Hurricane Dorian blasting Bahamas and bearing down on Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas," 2 Sep. 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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“Wobble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wobbler. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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