Origin of collywobblesprobably from colic + wobble
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
Origin of collywobblesProbably alteration (influenced by colic ) ( wobble )of cholera morbus
Attested 1823, presumably from colic + wobble. Alternative theories are that it derives from colly (“coal dust”), via the putative sense “ill from breathing coal dust,” or that it is a corruption of cholera. The first attestation (a mention, not a usage) is in the 1823 edition of A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.