I. verb also wabble (wobbled; also wabbled; wobbling; also wabbling) Etymology: probably from Low German wabbeln; akin to Old English wǣfre restless — more at waver Date: 1657 intransitive verb 1. a. to move or proceed with an irregular rocking or staggering motion or unsteadily and clumsily from side to side b. tremble, quaver 2. waver, vacillate transitive verb to cause to wobble • wobbler also wabbler nounwobbliness also wabbliness nounwobbly also wabbly adjective II. noun also wabble Date: 1699 1. a. a hobbling or rocking unequal motion (as of a wheel unevenly mounted) b. an uncertainly directed movement 2. an intermittent variation (as in volume of sound)

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