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dither

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verb dith·er \ˈdi-thər\

Definition of dither

dithered

;

dithering

play \-th(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  shiver, tremble the dithering of grass — Wallace Stevens

  3. 2 :  to act nervously or indecisively :  vacillate dithering about what to do next There's no time to dither.

ditherer

play \-thər-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.

Origin and Etymology of dither

Middle English didderen


First Known Use: 15th century


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dither

noun dith·er

Definition of dither

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

dithery

play \ˈdi-thə-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

Origin and Etymology of dither

see 1dither


First Known Use: 1819


DITHER Defined for English Language Learners

dither

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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

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noun dith·er \ˈdi-thər\

Definition of dither for Students

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



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