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[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used with or without object), wabbled, wabbling.
Related forms
wabbler, noun
wabblingly, adverb


or wabble

[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used without object), wobbled, wobbling.
to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
to move unsteadily from side to side:
The table wobbled on its uneven legs.
to show unsteadiness; tremble; quaver:
His voice wobbled.
to vacillate; waver.
verb (used with object), wobbled, wobbling.
to cause to wobble.
a wobbling movement.
Origin of wobble
1650-60; < Low German wabbeln; akin to Old Norse vafla to toddle, Middle High German wabelen to waver, Old English wæflian to speak incoherently
Related forms
wobbler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wabbled
Historical Examples
  • This time Bridget understood, and clapping her sunbonnet (upside down) onto her disrumpled head, she wabbled toward the house.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • So I wabbled into a hospital and let them tuck me away in a cot.

  • He chuckled and wabbled his head above his stiff collar, and looked foolish.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • "You wabbled down that course like a drunken man," he said hotly.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • And upon his pursed-up lips, unuttered yet imminent, a word trembled and wabbled as the cab bounced down the avenue.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • Just then a little world came rolling by, and it wabbled as it rolled.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • It wabbled and shook so when he hopped around, that the girl nearly split her sides laughing.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • He wabbled a few yards up the hill with a long tail of machine wabbling behind him.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • A lantern danced and wabbled up the "Turn-off" from the direction of the bay shore and the packet wharf.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then he left her to rest and walked until he wabbled; and by that time it was dark, so he went home.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for wabbled


verb, noun
a variant spelling of wobble
Derived Forms
wabbler, noun
wabbly, adjective


(intransitive) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
(intransitive) to tremble or shake: her voice wobbled with emotion
(intransitive) to vacillate with indecision
(transitive) to cause to wobble
a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
Also called wabble
Derived Forms
wobbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: variant of wabble, from Low German wabbeln; related to Middle High German wabelen to waver
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Word Origin and History for wabbled



1650s, probably from Low German wabbeln "to wobble;" cognate with Old Norse vafla "hover about, totter," related to vafra "move unsteadily," from Proto-Germanic *wab- "to move back and forth" (see waver). The noun is attested from 1690s.

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wabbled in Medicine

wobble wob·ble (wŏb'əl)

  1. A movement or rotation with an uneven or rocking motion or an unsteady motion from side to side.

  2. The ability of one tRNA anticodon to recognize two mRNA codons, as in the third base of a tRNA anticodon pairing with any of a variety of bases that occupy the third position of different mRNA codons instead of pairing according to base pairing rules.

wob'bler n.
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