waver


1wa·ver

verb \ˈwā-vər\

: to go back and forth between choices or opinions : to be uncertain about what you think about something or someone

: to move back and forth in an unsteady way

: to become unsteady because of weakness, emotion, tiredness, etc.

wa·veredwa·ver·ing \ˈwāv-riŋ, ˈwā-və-riŋ\

Full Definition of WAVER

intransitive verb
1
:  to vacillate irresolutely between choices :  fluctuate in opinion, allegiance, or direction
2
a :  to weave or sway unsteadily to and fro :  reel, totter
b :  quiver, flicker <wavering flames>
c :  to hesitate as if about to give way :  falter
3
:  to give an unsteady sound :  quaver
wa·ver·er \ˈwā-və-rər\ noun
wa·ver·ing·ly \ˈwāv-riŋ-lē, ˈwā-və-\ adverb

Examples of WAVER

  1. people who are still wavering between the two candidates
  2. They never wavered in their support for their leader.
  3. Despite the changes, he did not waver from his plan to retire.
  4. The kite wavered in the wind.

Origin of WAVER

Middle English; akin to Old English ̄fre restless, wafian to wave with the hands — more at wave
First Known Use: 14th century

2waver

noun

Definition of WAVER

:  an act of wavering, quivering, or fluttering

First Known Use of WAVER

1519

3wav·er

noun \ˈwā-vər\

Definition of WAVER

:  one that waves

First Known Use of WAVER

1835

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