halting

adjective
halt·​ing | \ ˈhȯl-tiŋ How to pronounce halting (audio) \

Definition of halting

: marked by a lack of sureness or effectiveness spoke in a halting manner

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Other Words from halting

haltingly \ ˈhȯl-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce halting (audio) \ adverb

Examples of halting in a Sentence

She answered in a halting voice. The baby took a few halting steps. Progress in the negotiations has been halting.
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Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, markets have also turned cautious as recent economic data showed that the rebound is likely to be slow and halting. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Stocks Fall on New Economic Data," 25 Feb. 2021 The halting rollout of vaccines adds a further complication to hopes for economic expansion. New York Times, "Europe’s Pandemic Debt Is Dizzying. Who Will Pay?," 17 Feb. 2021 As the coronavirus continues to infect millions and kill hundreds of thousands in the United States, returning kids to their scholastic normalcy is proving to be a halting, difficult process. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PETULA DVORAK: School daze," 14 Feb. 2021 And now a halting rollout of vaccines threatens to further delay any recovery in travel and the travel industry. David Koenig, Star Tribune, "Airlines close books on rotten 2020 and so far, 2021 is grim," 28 Jan. 2021 And now a halting rollout of vaccines threatens to further delay any recovery in travel and the travel industry. David Koenig, ajc, "Airlines close books on rotten 2020 and so far, 2021 is grim," 28 Jan. 2021 The distribution of doses across the state has been sluggish, with empty promises from the previous federal administration about how many doses of vaccine are available and a halting rollout for most of California’s supply. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Grassroots St. Helena vaccine clinic reaches vulnerable in hard-hit Napa County, but doses dwindle," 24 Jan. 2021 Recent economic data underscore the halting nature of the recovery. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Biden Covid-19 Relief Plan Aims to Ease Poverty, Advance Democratic Priorities," 15 Jan. 2021 Germany has not yet spelled out a ban but is considering limiting or halting flights from the U.K. as well, the dpa news agency reported Sunday. Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "Several European nations ban flights from UK, fearing new strain of coronavirus sweeping across England," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of halting

1585, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of halting was in 1585

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5 Mar 2021

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“Halting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halting. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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halting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of halting

: stopping often because of not being sure about what to say or do : not steady

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