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 haltingly (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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With his terse, one-word answers, and a sometimes stilted and halting manner, Mueller made clear his desire to avoid the partisan fray and the deep political divisions roiling Congress and the country. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "Robert Mueller bluntly dismisses Trump’s claims of ‘total exoneration’ and warns of Russian interference in 2020 election," 24 July 2019 With his terse, one-word answers, and a sometimes stilted and halting manner, Mueller made clear his desire to avoid the partisan fray and the deep political divisions roiling Congress and the country. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It is not a witch hunt,’ Mueller says of his investigation," 24 July 2019 The halting start reflects firm GOP opposition to any bill that would curb access to guns and risk antagonizing gun advocates in their party. Washington Post, "Congress returns amid pressure to act on gun violence," 6 Mar. 2018 The halting start reflects firm GOP opposition to any bill that would curb access to guns and risk antagonizing gun advocates in their party. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus," 25 Feb. 2018 With his terse, one-word answers, and a sometimes stilted and halting manner, Mueller made clear his desire to avoid the partisan fray and the deep political divisions roiling Congress and the country. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It is not a witch hunt,’ Mueller says of his investigation," 24 July 2019 The Judiciary Committee’s inquiry has been by far the most halting. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof," 15 May 2018 The halting start reflects firm GOP opposition to any bill that would curb access to guns and risk antagonizing gun advocates in their party. Washington Post, "Congress returns amid pressure to act on gun violence," 6 Mar. 2018 The halting start reflects firm GOP opposition to any bill that would curb access to guns and risk antagonizing gun advocates in their party. Washington Post, "Congress returns amid pressure to act on gun violence," 6 Mar. 2018

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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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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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