wobble

verb
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

wobble

noun
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

Verb

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 This was when the U.S.S. Shyamalan really started to wobble and take on water. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 July 2021 The Clippers had started to wobble in the fourth, their 13-point lead early in the quarter whittled to 98-94. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Investors have found few catalysts to drive stocks in either direction, causing major indexes to wobble. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Without him on floor against the Nuggets’ MVP center, the Blazers really wobble. John Canzano, oregonlive, 28 May 2021 During 1 week of commissioning, the chopper will test its motor and wobble its dual, counter-rotating 1.2-meter blades. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 23 Mar. 2021 The guitars strike sky-high notes that wobble with some unease, but keep their aim true. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 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, 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, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Larisa Iordache hit most of her beam routine, with just a wobble on a very difficult back handspring to back flip with a full twist, but then stumbled on the dismount and is clearly in pain. New York Times, 26 July 2021 Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, overcame his first real wobble of the tournament on the back nine with a key par save on the 15th and an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 16th that led to a 1-under 69. Kristen Davis, cleveland, 18 July 2021 Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, overcame his first real wobble of the tournament on the back nine with a key par save on the 15th and an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 16th that led to a 1-under 69. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, overcame his first real wobble of the tournament on the back nine with a key par save on the 15th and an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 16th that led to a 1-under 69. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, overcame his first real wobble of the tournament on the back nine with a key par save on the 15th and an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 16th that led to a 1-under 69. Steve Douglas, ajc, 17 July 2021 When a wobble occurs in the lunar orbit, high tides get higher and low tides get lower. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 July 2021 For the remainder of the cycle, the moon's wobble boosts the effects of sea-level rise. NBC News, 16 July 2021 The wobble isn't new -- it was first reported in 1728. Rachel Trent, CNN, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of wobble

Verb

1657, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wobble

Verb

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 3 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for wobble

wobble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wobble

: to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion
: to be or become unsteady or unsure

wobble

verb
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

wobble

noun

Kids Definition of wobble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rocking motion from side to side

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