Definition of wobble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wobble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wobble
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbl//
     
    he / she / it wobbles
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːblz//
     
    past simple wobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbld//
     
    past participle wobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbld//
     
    -ing form wobbling
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move from side to side in an unsteady way; to make something do this This chair wobbles. (figurative) Her voice wobbled with emotion. wobble something Don't wobble the table—I'm trying to write.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to go in a particular direction while moving from side to side in an unsteady way He wobbled off on his bike.
  3. 3[intransitive] to hesitate or lose confidence about doing something Yesterday the president showed the first signs of wobbling over the issue.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (earlier as wabble): of Germanic origin; compare with Old Norse vafla ‘waver’; related to the verb wave.Extra examples Don’t wobble the table - I’m trying to work. His legs began to wobble under him. The vase wobbled and then crashed to the ground.
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