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wobble

When things wobble, they teeter or rock unsteadily back and forth. A brand new bike rider is bound to wobble a little bit when she's pedaling down the street.

A cafe table might wobble annoyingly until you prop up one leg with folded paper. And, when you first step off an amusement park ride, your legs might wobble for a while. Your voice can wobble too, or tremble, especially when you're upset or nervous. People wobble figuratively too: "When politicians wobble on important issues, it's hard to trust them."

Definitions of wobble
  1. verb
    move sideways or in an unsteady way
    synonyms: careen, shift, tilt
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    move unsteadily
    “His knees wobbled
    “The old cart wobbled down the street”
    synonyms: coggle
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    tremble or shake
    “His voice wobbled with restrained emotion”
    synonyms: shimmy
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    type of:
    vibrate
    shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  4. noun
    an unsteady rocking motion
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    types:
    shimmy
    an abnormal wobble in a motor vehicle (especially in the front wheels)
    type of:
    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
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