- Sort of all-purpose word. developed in my high school theatre class some 20 years ago. Something that is unstable or difficult; something that isn't quite right; something that shows signs of tipping over and whacking you on the head, or that might nail your shoe to the floor, either physically or metaphorically.
That shelf is all wambly.
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wambly — See wambliness. * * * … Universalium
wambly — adjective Shaky, unsteady, dizzy, queasy, nauseous … Wiktionary
wambly — wam·bly … English syllables
wambly — blē, li adjective ( er/ est) Etymology: wamble (II) + y dialect : faint, squeamish; also : shaky … Useful english dictionary
wimbly-wambly — … Useful english dictionary
wamble — wambliness, n. wambly, adj. /wom beuhl, euhl, wam /, v., wambled, wambling, n. v.i. 1. to move unsteadily. 2. to feel nausea. 3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl. n. 4. an unsteady or rolling movement. 5. a feeling of nausea. [ … Universalium
wample — Mawdesley Glossary to sway about in walking, wambly wobbly … English dialects glossary
wamble — [wäm′bəl, wäm′əl] vi. wambled, wambling [ME wamlen, akin to Norw vamla, to stagger, Dan vamle, to feel nausea: for IE base see VOMIT] Chiefly Dial. 1. to turn, twist, or roll about 2. to move unsteadily 3. Obs. to be nauseated n. Chiefly Dial … English World dictionary
wambliness — blēnə̇s noun ( es) : the quality or state of being wambly * * * wamˈbliness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑wamble … Useful english dictionary
wombly — womble, wombly var. ff. wamble, wambly a … Useful english dictionary