One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘A cyclist, feet bound to the pedals in special shoes, falling over at the traffic lights after wibbling and wobbling on the spot, waiting for the lights to change.’
- ‘I, of course, had a distinct disadvantage because even though I could wibble and wobble the pole he could just as easily jut and jab at me, scoring points.’
- ‘Old lady in disabled seat wibbles uncomfortably in her chair.’
- ‘Jane wibbled anxiously in her wheelchair, which creaked ominously underneath her bulk.’
- ‘Now, before we all start running out into the street and wibbling our hands in the air, let's get a bit of perspective here.’
2Speak or write, especially at great length.
- ‘Funnily enough, I've wondered for a few weeks about what to do with the election on here, and nothing ever seems particularly satisfactory, so I've opted just to carry on wibbling away about anything regardless.’
- ‘One minute and two seconds of Mrs. Lennon wibbling away about her fragile state of mind.’
- ‘He wibbles on about how people used to be persecuted by the Church for saying things about God and the earth going round Uranus and what not.’
- ‘Open up to me, they wibble, until you open up to them, and then they resent that you're not more strong, silent and dependable.’
- ‘Some fanatical moron is wibbling on about something hopelessly biased, and hopelessly wrong.’
Late 19th century: independent usage of the first element of the reduplication wibble-wobble.
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