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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wait for motorcade, police escort, and brief halting of pedestrian traffic along Central Park South. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 López Obrador — who is facing a recall election — has staked much of his presidency on the oil industry, strengthening state control over the energy sector and halting renewable energy projects. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 However, Russia’s progress toward Kyiv—a city of about 3 million people—has been slow and halting so far, partly due to pervasive logistical snags and stiff Ukrainian resistance, according to U.S. and U.K. assessments. Forbes Staff Reports, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2022 Beijing, too, is aware of the funding problem and has pledged further fiscal reforms—but the process is slow and halting, Ms. Shan says. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 As with a fractured bone that has gone unset, the body has limped forward, but each step is ragged and halting, doing further damage to the untreated injury. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 5 Jan. 2022 The halting advance has also helped reveal logistical and other problems that have hampered the Russians. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 So far, inflation has risen in a halting fashion, but the higher rates have persisted longer than economists expected. Menzie Chinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Feb. 2022 Its storytelling style, which centers its own director’s halting and painful conversations with his friend and main character, makes Amin’s process of reckoning with his past as much the focus as the stories themselves. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of halting

1585, in the meaning defined above

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“Halting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halting. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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