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dither

play
verb dith·er \ˈdi-thər\

Simple Definition of dither

  • : to delay taking action because you are not sure about what to do

Full Definition of dither

dith·ereddith·er·ing play \-th(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  shiver, tremble

  3. 2 :  to act nervously or indecisively :  vacillate

dith·er·er play \-thər-ər\ noun

Examples of dither

  1. We don't have time to dither.

  2. She did not dither about what to do next.



Origin of dither

Middle English didderen


First Known Use: 15th century


2

dither

noun dith·er

Simple Definition of dither

  • : a very nervous, confused, or excited state

Full Definition of dither

  1. :  a highly nervous, excited, or agitated state :  excitement, confusion

dith·ery play \ˈdi-thə-rē\ adjective

Examples of dither

  1. <Grandma usually gets in a dither if I don't make my weekly call.>

  2. <we were all in a dither while we waited for the test results>



1819

First Known Use of dither

1819


DITHER Defined for Kids

dither

play
noun dith·er \ˈdi-thər\

Definition of dither

  1. :  a very nervous or excited state <The bride's parents were all in a dither.>





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