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teeter

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verb tee·ter \ ˈtē-tər \

Definition of teeter

intransitive verb
1 a :to move unsteadily :wobble
b :waver, vacillate
  • teetered on the brink of bankruptcy
2 :seesaw

Examples of teeter in a Sentence

  1. The pile of books teetered and fell to the floor.

  2. She teetered down the street in her high heels.

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Origin and Etymology of teeter

Middle English titeren to totter, reel; akin to Old High German zittarōn to shiver

teeter Synonyms

Synonyms
falter, rock, totter, waver, wobble (also wabble)
Antonyms
dive (in), plunge (in)
Related Words
flounder, lurch, stumble, toddle; quake, quaver, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble, vibrate; careen, reel, stagger, weave
Near Antonyms
decide; budge, stir; advance, continue

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teeter

noun

Definition of teeter

:seesaw 2b

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First Known Use of teeter

1860



TEETER Defined for English Language Learners

teeter

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verb

Definition of teeter for English Language Learners

  • : to move in an unsteady way back and forth or from side to side


TEETER Defined for Kids

teeter

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verb tee·ter \ ˈtē-tər \

Definition of teeter for Students

teetered; teetering
:to move unsteadily back and forth or from side to side
  • Ramona mounted the bicycle and … teetered and wobbled to the corner without falling off.
  • —Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby


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