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wobble

or wabble

[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used without object), wobbled, wobbling.
1.
to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
2.
to move unsteadily from side to side:
The table wobbled on its uneven legs.
3.
to show unsteadiness; tremble; quaver:
His voice wobbled.
4.
to vacillate; waver.
verb (used with object), wobbled, wobbling.
5.
to cause to wobble.
noun
6.
a wobbling movement.
Origin of wobble
1650-1660
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
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Examples from the Web for wobbler
Historical Examples
  • I've loved that boy and he's far too good and fine for a wobbler like yourself.

    The Duchess of Wrexe Hugh Walpole
  • wobbler, a foot soldier, a term of contempt used by cavalrymen.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • So the departure of Mr wobbler did not keep him away, and he went to the yard as much as ever.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • Mr wobbler recovered his equanimity, and affably condescended to apologise for his remarks.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • The mere learning to box, and the necessary association with a man like wobbler, would not have done the boys much harm of itself.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
British Dictionary definitions for wobbler

wobble

/ˈwɒbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
2.
(intransitive) to tremble or shake: her voice wobbled with emotion
3.
(intransitive) to vacillate with indecision
4.
(transitive) to cause to wobble
noun
5.
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 wobbler

wobble

v.

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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wobbler in Medicine

wobble wob·ble (wŏb'əl)
n.

  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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