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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This was a solid strike, causing the shot to wobble knuckleball style. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "MLS season could have a Hollywood ending for LAFC," 26 Aug. 2019 Some precariously balance whole logs on their bicycles while wobbling home. Washington Post, "‘This is hell’: Zimbabweans say economy is worse than ever," 25 July 2019 Petrobras’s share price, which had risen sixfold since the trough in 2016, wobbled. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 England proceeded to wobble briefly, being opened up once more as Alexandra Engolo went through on Bardsley. SI.com, "England 3-0 Cameroon: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lionesses Roar Into Quarter Finals," 23 June 2019 Woods, two months removed from winning at Augusta National, wobbled through an up-and-down round of even-par 71. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Rory McIlroy still hanging around, chasing first major title since 2014," 15 June 2019 Emotional highs and lows are nicely balanced by small moments of humor, though the tone wobbles a bit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Sienna Miller makes ‘American Woman’ her own," 13 June 2019 Emotional highs and lows are nicely balanced by small moments of humor, though the tone wobbles a bit. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "Review: Sienna Miller makes ‘American Woman’ her own," 13 June 2019 Braiden, wearing a Hogwarts T-shirt and Adidas sandals with socks, turned around and started wobbling in the direction of home, dialing at the same time. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For now, Ribas and his team will continue to monitor the wobbles of Barnard’s star to further strengthen their claim — one that now aligns with numerous works of science fiction. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 But the wobble could be discerned as a subtle periodic modulation of the gravitational waves emanating from the binary system. Conor Purcell, Scientific American, "Future Gravitational-Wave Detectors Could Find Exoplanets, Too," 8 July 2019 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

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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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