Simple Definition of teeter
: to move in an unsteady way back and forth or from side to side
Examples of teeter in a sentence
The pile of books teetered and fell to the floor.
She teetered down the street in her high heels.
Origin of teeter
Middle English titeren to totter, reel; akin to Old High German zittarōn to shiver
First Known Use: 1844
Definition of teeter
: seesaw 2b
First Known Use of teeter
TEETER Defined for Kids
Definition of teeter for Students
: to move unsteadily back and forth or from side to side <Ramona mounted the bicycle and … teetered and wobbled to the corner without falling off. — Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby>
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