One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jane wibbled anxiously in her wheelchair, which creaked ominously underneath her bulk.’
- ‘Old lady in disabled seat wibbles uncomfortably in her chair.’
- ‘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.’
2Speak or write vaguely or at great length.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some fanatical moron is wibbling on about something hopelessly biased, and hopelessly wrong.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: independent usage of the first element of the reduplication wibble-wobble.
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