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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wobble \Wob"ble\, v. i. See Wabble. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wobble n : an unsteady rocking motion


1 move unsteadily; "His knees wobbled"; "The old cart wobbled down the street" [syn: coggle]
2 move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control" [syn: careen, shift, tilt]
3 tremble or shake; "His voice wobbled with restrained emotion" [syn: shimmy]

Moby Thesaurus

alternate, amble, arrhythmia, back and fill, barge, bob, bobble, bounce, bowl along, brokenness, bump, bundle, capriciousness, careen, change, chatter, choppiness, clump, coggle, dangle, desultoriness, didder, disconnectedness, discontinuity, dither, drag, ebb and flow, eccentricity, equivocate, erraticness, falter, fibrillation, fitfulness, fits and starts, flounce, flounder, fluctuate, fluctuation, flutter, foot, footslog, go through phases, grimace, halt, have an ague, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hop, hustle, inconstancy, intermittence, irregularity, jactitate, jar, jerk, jerkiness, jig, jigget, jiggle, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle, jounce, jump, librate, limp, lumber, lunge, lurch, mince, nonuniformity, nutate, oscillate, pace, paddle, patchiness, peg, pendulate, piaffe, piaffer, pitch, plod, prance, quake, quaver, quiver, rack, reel, resonate, rictus, ring the changes, rock, roll, roughness, sashay, saunter, scuff, scuffle, scuttle, seesaw, shake, shamble, shift, shilly-shally, shimmy, shiver, shock, shudder, shuffle, sidle, single-foot, skip, slink, slither, slog, slouch, spasticity, sporadicity, sporadicness, spottiness, stagger, stalk, stammer, stamp, stomp, straddle, straggle, stride, stroll, strut, stumble, stump, swag, swagger, sway, swing, teeter, teeter-totter, tergiversate, tic, tittup, toddle, topple, toss, totter, traipse, tremble, tremor, trip, trudge, turn, twitch, twitter, uncertainty, unevenness, unmethodicalness, unpredictability, unsteadiness, unsystematicness, vacillate, variability, vary, vibrate, waddle, wag, waggle, wamble, wave, waver, wax and wane, weave, whimsicality, wiggle




  1. An unsteady motion.
    The fat man walked down the street with a wobble.
  2. A tremulous sound.
    There was a wobble on her high notes.



unsteady motion
tremulous sound


  1. To move with an uneven or rocking motion, or unsteadily to and fro.
    The Earth wobbles slowly on its axis .
    The jelly wobbled on the plate.
  2. To tremble or quaver.
    The soprano's voice wobbled alarmingly.
  3. To vacillate in one's opinions.
    I'm wobbling between the Liberals and the Greens.
  4. To cause to wobble.
    The boy wobbled the girl's bike.


Derived terms


move or with an uneven or rocking motion
cause to wobble
Wobble or wobbles can mean:
  • Wobble base pair, a type of basepair in genetics translation
  • Milankovitch wobble, the change in the axial tilt, axial precession and orbital eccentricity of the earth over long periods
  • Wobbler disease, also known as "wobbles", a disorder of the nervous system in dogs and horses.
  • Jah Wobble, the British musician
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