verb \ˈdi-thər\

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

dith·ereddith·er·ing \-th(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of DITHER

intransitive verb
:  to act nervously or indecisively :  vacillate
dith·er·er \-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



: a very nervous, confused, or excited state

Full Definition of DITHER

:  a highly nervous, excited, or agitated state :  excitement, confusion
dith·ery \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>

First Known Use of DITHER


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