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falter

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verb fal·ter \ˈfȯl-tər\

Definition of falter

faltered

faltering

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to walk unsteadily :  stumble b :  to give way :  totter <could feel my legs faltering> c :  to move waveringly or hesitatingly

  3. 2 :  to speak brokenly or weakly :  stammer <her voice faltered>

  4. 3 a :  to hesitate in purpose or action :  waver <he never faltered in his determination> b :  to lose drive or effectiveness <the business was faltering>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to utter hesitatingly or brokenly

falterer

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falteringly

play \-t(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of falter in a sentence

  1. The business was faltering due to poor management.

  2. Their initial optimism has faltered.

  3. signs that the economy is faltering

  4. Her steps began to falter.

Origin and Etymology of falter

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of falter

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>.

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falter

noun fal·ter

Definition of falter

  1. :  an act or instance of faltering

1834

First Known Use of falter

1834


FALTER Defined for English Language Learners

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falter

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verb fal·ter \ˈfȯl-tər\

Definition of falter for English Language Learners

  • : to stop being strong or successful : to begin to fail or weaken

  • : to begin to walk or move in an unsteady way

  • : to feel doubt about doing something


FALTER Defined for Kids

falter

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verb fal·ter \ˈfȯl-tər\

Definition of falter for Students

faltered

faltering

  1. 1 :  to move unsteadily :  waver

  2. 2 :  to hesitate in speech

  3. 3 :  to hesitate in purpose or action



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