Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a chiefly US labor organization dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism, active especially in the early 1900s.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a militant, radical labor union.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See wabbly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
  • n. a member of the Industrial Workers of the World

Etymologies

From I Wobbly Wobbly, humorous alteration of I(ndustrial) W(orkers of the) W(orld).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A goat's camembert, it had traveled from a small producer called Wobbly Bottom Farm; the name made her giggle, the pongy cheese smell was enticing, and the sample offered had her hooked.

    A Sad Tale of Some Frozen Cheese

  • Obligingly, his "axe" -- the name everybody used for Universal Access Units, the miraculously small machines that allowed access to the InterWorldWeb, also called the Wobbly for reasons nobody remembered anymore -- responded by printing out a copy of his preliminary application for entrance into the Solis Space Academy.

    Delta Search

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    Barack Obama: Don't go "Wobbly" on Iraq!

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  • In the circumstances 'Wobbly' is about the kindest word that I can come up with. posted by Glyn Davies at

    Revenge of a Spurned Suitor

  • I'm told that since I referred to him last week as 'Wobbly' Wyn Jones and as the Hokey Kokey King of Welsh Politics, he's become so upset that he is no longer willing to work with the Tories at all.

    Its all about Ieuan

  • The reader will remember the vivid picture of the contemplated rebellion in the mind of the "Wobbly" who wrote in "The Rebel Worker," April 15,

    The Red Conspiracy

  • In this manner the "Wobbly" becomes a veritable son of Ishmael, his hand against the hand of nearly every man in conventional society.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • The typical native-born I.W.W. member, the "Wobbly" one frequently encounters in our mid-western and western cities, is very unlike the hideous and repulsive figure conjured up by sensational cartoonists.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • In discussion -- and every "Wobbly" seems to possess a passion for disputation -- men of this type will manifest a surprising familiarity with the broad outlines of certain theological problems, as well as with the scriptural texts bearing upon them.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

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