falter


1fal·ter

verb \ˈfl-tər\

: to stop being strong or successful : to begin to fail or weaken

: to begin to walk or move in an unsteady way

: to feel doubt about doing something

fal·teredfal·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FALTER

intransitive verb
1
a :  to walk unsteadily :  stumble
b :  to give way :  totter <could feel my legs faltering>
c :  to move waveringly or hesitatingly
2
:  to speak brokenly or weakly :  stammer <her voice faltered>
3
a :  to hesitate in purpose or action :  waver <he never faltered in his determination>
b :  to lose drive or effectiveness <the business was faltering>
transitive verb
:  to utter hesitatingly or brokenly
fal·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun
fal·ter·ing·ly \-t(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of FALTER

  1. The business was faltering due to poor management.
  2. Their initial optimism has faltered.
  3. signs that the economy is faltering
  4. Her steps began to falter.

Origin of FALTER

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FALTER

2falter

noun

Definition of FALTER

:  an act or instance of faltering

First Known Use of FALTER

1834

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