Simple Definition of waver
: 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.
Full Definition of waver
waveringplay \ˈwāv-riŋ, ˈwā-və-riŋ\
wavererplay \ˈwā-və-rər\ noun
waveringlyplay \ˈwāv-riŋ-lē, ˈwā-və-\ adverb
Examples of waver in a sentence
people who are still wavering between the two candidates
They never wavered in their support for their leader.
Despite the changes, he did not waver from his plan to retire.
The kite wavered in the wind.
Origin and Etymology of waver
Middle English; akin to Old English wǣfre restless, wafian to wave with the hands — more at wave
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of waver
swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side <the door suddenly swung open>. sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement <trees swaying in the breeze>. oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction <an oscillating fan>. vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact <the vibrating strings of a piano>. fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value <fluctuating interest rates>. waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering <the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing>. undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion <an undulating sea of grass>.
hesitate, waver, vacillate, falter mean to show irresolution or uncertainty. hesitate implies a pause before deciding or acting or choosing <hesitated before answering the question>. waver implies hesitation after seeming to decide and so connotes weakness or a retreat <wavered in his support of the rebels>. vacillate implies prolonged hesitation from inability to reach a firm decision <vacillated until events were out of control>. falter implies a wavering or stumbling and often connotes nervousness, lack of courage, or outright fear <never once faltered during her testimony>.
Definition of waver
: an act of wavering, quivering, or fluttering
First Known Use of waver
Rhymes with waver
caver, claver, favor, flavor, graver, haver, laver, quaver, raver, saver, savor, shaver, slaver, waiver
First Known Use of waver
WAVER Defined for Kids
Definition of waver for Students
1 : to be uncertain in opinion
2 : to move unsteadily or to and fro
3 : to give an unsteady sound <The music of the flutes wavered … — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>
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