|Origin:||Probably from Low German wabbeln|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to move unsteadily from side to side, or make something do this: ➔ see usage note shake1
The pile of bricks wobbled and fell.
Tom stopped, wobbling from the weight of his load.
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.
to be unsure whether to do something [= waver]:
The President appeared to wobble over sending the troops in.
—wobble noun [countable]WORD CHOICE:
shake, wobble, rattle, vibrate, tremble, shiverShake 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