Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from Low German wabbeln


1 [intransitive and transitive] to move unsteadily from side to side, or make something do this:
The pile of bricks wobbled and fell.
Tom stopped, wobbling from the weight of his load.
see usage note shake1
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to go in a particular direction while moving unsteadily from side to side
wobble down/along/towards etc
Cindy wobbled along the street on her bike.
3 [intransitive] to be unsure whether to do something [= waver]:
The President appeared to wobble over sending the troops in.
wobble noun [countable]

shake, wobble, rattle, vibrate, tremble, shiver
Shake is a fairly general word. It can be used to talk about objects moving There was a loud bang and the building shook. It can also be used to talk about people's bodies moving because of cold, strong emotion, or illness Mary shook with rage. If something wobbles, it moves from side to side because it is not steady or balanced The desk wobbles when you put anything on it.If something hard rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds The wind blew and the windows rattled.If something vibrates, it makes small quick regular movements that you can hear or feel The engine began to vibrate.If someone trembles, their body shakes with very small movements, especially because they are angry, afraid, or excited Trembling, she approached him.If someone shivers, their body shakes with small movements, especially because they are cold or frightened We sat shivering under a blanket.See also shake

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