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Etymology

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Compare German wabbeln (to wabble), and English whap. Compare quaver.

Verb

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wabble (third-person singular simple present wabbles, present participle wabbling, simple past and past participle wabbled)

  1. Alternative spelling of wobble.
    • 1911, Milo Hastings, In the Clutch of the War-God[1]:
      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[2]:
      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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