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dither

verb dith·er \ ˈdi-t͟hər \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of dither

dithered; dithering play \-t͟h(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :shiver, tremble
  • the dithering of grass
  • —Wallace Stevens
2 :to act nervously or indecisively :vacillate
  • dithering about what to do next
  • There's no time to dither.

ditherer

play \-t͟hər-ər\ noun

Examples of dither in a Sentence

  1. We don't have time to dither.

  2. She did not dither about what to do next.

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Origin and Etymology of dither

Middle English didderen


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dither

noun

Definition of dither

:a highly nervous, excited, or agitated state :excitement, confusion
  • The news of her arrival had us all in a dither.

dithery

play \ˈdi-t͟hə-rē\ adjective

Examples of dither in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of dither


DITHER Defined for English Language Learners

dither

verb

Definition of dither for English Language Learners

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


dither

noun

Definition of dither for English Language Learners

  • : a very nervous, confused, or excited state


DITHER Defined for Kids

dither

noun dith·er \ ˈdi-t͟hər \

Definition of dither for Students

:a very nervous or excited state
  • The bride's parents were all in a dither.


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