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

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 Software maker Adobe rose 4.8% on solid profit results and did most of the heavy lifting for technology companies, though the sector was wobbling overall between small gains and losses. Washington Post, "Stock trading is muted as investors wait for Fed statement," 19 June 2019 Not enough to cause them any real harm, just enough to shock them into shutting up, and maybe wobble their brain a bit. SI.com, "Kylian Mbappe: Of Course He Isn't Going to Liverpool, Don't Be Silly (But Here's What's Happened)," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 That includes a seismographic sensors, a subsurface temperature probe, an experiment to measure the planet's wobble, and a robotic arm to deploy them. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars InSight Lander Just Nailed Another Major Milestone," 27 Nov. 2018 The painting is also an unusually easy-to-read example of Soutine’s distinctive perspectival wobble. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Steeped in Blood, Soutine’s Work Revels in Life, Not Death," 11 May 2018 But stocks shook off an early wobble on Wall Street as solid earnings from Walmart encouraged investors to bid up other retailers and consumer goods companies. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Asian shares mostly higher, extending Wall St advance," 19 Feb. 2019 The seismic waves from these wobbles will help planetary scientists decode the structure of Mars’ interior, similar to how ultrasounds show us what’s inside a person’s body. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 While wood blocks crack, heads nod and wobble like the tops of bobblehead dolls. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Dougla,’ Dance Theater of Harlem Recalls Past Glory," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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