Confer Provincial German wabbeln to wabble, and (English) whap. Confer Quaver.
To move staggeringly or unsteadily from one side to the other; to vacillate; to move the manner of a rotating disk when the axis of rotation is inclined to that of the disk; -- said of a turning or whirling body; as, a top wabbles; a buzz saw wabbles. wobble.
A hobbling, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung; a staggering to and fro.
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Compare German dialect wabbeln (“to wabble”), and English whap. Compare quaver.
wabble (third-person singular simple present wabbles, present participle wabbling, simple past and past participle wabbled) wobble, move to and fro 1911, Milo Hastings, In the Clutch of the War-God: Their planes wabble, the metal frame work is too stiff, it doesn't yield to the air pressure." 1966, Ambrose Bierce, The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8: Presently, as the sustaining centrifugal force lessened and failed, she began to sway and wabble from side to side, and finally, toppling over on her side, rolled convulsively on her back and lay motionless with all her feet in the air, honestly believing that the world had somehow got atop of her and she was supporting it at a great sacrifice of personal comfort.
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