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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


or wabbling

[wob-ling] /ˈwɒb lɪŋ/
that wobbles or causes to wobble.
1650-60; wobble + -ing2
Related forms
wobblingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wabbling
Historical Examples
  • wabbling this way and that it wheeled skiddingly round a corner.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • When we returned my pole was pulled down and wabbling so as to make a commotion in the water.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • His chair was a fit companion thereto,—a wabbling, unsteady affair, sometimes with four and sometimes with three legs.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • The little Irishman was wabbling, but still fighting gamely.

  • I have always read that this is the reason things are so steady and stable in Germany and so uncertain and wabbling in America.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • It stood unevenly upon the floor, and made a wabbling noise.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • His knees were wabbling, and he allowed himself to be pushed aside, sinking down, pale and trembling on the seat.

    The Rival Campers Ashore Ruel Perley Smith
  • The wheel and big mill post turned ponderously around, wabbling somewhat and creaking ominously.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The boat swayed a little, and then Anna found that the board seat was wabbling.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • Gud boarded it and found himself before a tiny cabin on the wabbling world.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
British Dictionary definitions for wabbling


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 wabbling



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wabbling 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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