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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He's been out of action since playing for Argentina in Copa America, and Barcelona has wobbled through the start of the season in La Liga as a result, with a 2-1-1 record through the opening four matches. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Dortmund Hosts Barcelona in Champions League-Opening Headliner," 17 Sep. 2019 Now, the Earth’s axis does wobble modestly in a 26,000-year cycle. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: The harvest moon is shining bright this week," 15 Sep. 2019 The financial sector wobbled between small gains and losses after pulling out of an early slide. BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks notch solid gains as China eases trade tensions a bit - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 The financial sector wobbled between small gains and losses after pulling out of an early slide. Washington Post, "US stocks notch solid gains as China eases trade tensions," 11 Sep. 2019 Over 500 miles away in Nome, a team of oceanographers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wobbles off the Ocean Star on sea legs, after weeks of gathering data in the warming Arctic. Bill Weir, CNN, "Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.," 9 Sep. 2019 Utilities wobbled between small gains and losses, while the price of gold rose 1.5%. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "Dow down over 350 points as US stocks tank early: New China tariffs kicking in," 3 Sep. 2019 Running a finger over the landscape will cause the mountains and the village buildings to shift and wobble, before settling back to their original shape. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Tailor-made for Instagram, ‘Van Gogh for All’ exhibit lets you climb inside his most famous paintings," 20 Aug. 2019 Gerrit Cole wobbled the Angels on Gerrit Cole bobblehead night in Minute Maid Park. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Gerrit Cole, Astros shut out Angels," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These spectrographs are designed to pick up wobbles as slight as 10 centimeters per second. Corey S. Powell, Scientific American, "The Hunt Is on for Alpha Centauri’s Planets," 5 Aug. 2019 Typically, scientists watch these stellar wobbles from a planet’s entire orbit before confirming its discovery. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 However, any aforementioned wobbles to the west during the next couple of days would could certainly change this forecast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Dorian strengthens further, now tied for second-strongest Atlantic storm," 1 Sep. 2019 Moreover, subtle wobbles of only a few miles can have drastic differences both on the impacts received on any land masses and on the storm’s progression in general. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Dorian forecast to strengthen, possibly approaching Puerto Rico on Tuesday night as a hurricane," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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