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wobbly

or wabbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
adjective, wobblier, wobbliest.
1.
shaky; unsteady.
Origin of wobbly
1850-1855
1850-55; wobble + -y1
Related forms
wobbliness, noun

Wobbly

[wob-lee] /ˈwɒb li/
noun, plural Wobblies.
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Origin
1910-15, Americanism; of uncertain origin
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  • The joint is wobbly or flail-like from stretching and destruction of the controlling ligaments, and is devoid of sensation.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Nor was there gelatine in stock, with which to make a gay-colored, wobbly jelly.

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  • The wheels were wobbly and no two of the same size, the windows zigzagged in uneven lines and were of varied shapes.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman Annie Fellows Johnston
  • But the trip's just as wobbly as ever for me, riding up here on your shoulder.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Suddenly he discovered that he was very tired, and that his legs were weak and wobbly.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for wobbly

wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
adjective -blier, -bliest
1.
unsteady
2.
trembling, shaking
noun
3.
(slang) throw a wobbly, to become suddenly very agitated or angry
Derived Forms
wobbliness, noun

Wobbly

/ˈwɒblɪ/
noun (pl) -blies
1.
a member of the Industrial Workers of the World
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Word Origin and History for wobbly

Wobbly

n.

1914, member of Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Probably some sort of elaboration of the W aspect of the acronym.

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