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waver

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of waver

  1. 1 to show uncertainty about the right course of action he's still wavering about whether to take the job Synonyms of waver balance, dither, falter, halt, hang back, scruple, shilly-shally, stagger, teeter, vacillate, hesitate, wobble (also wabble)Words Related to waver haw, hem; dally, dawdle, delay, linger, pause, procrastinate, wait; back down, chicken (out); consider, debate, deliberate, ponder, weigh; oscillate, sway; equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, waffleNear Antonyms of waver decide; budge, stir; advance, continueAntonyms of waver dive (in), plunge (in)

  2. 2 to swing unsteadily back and forth or from side to side the steel tower wavered for a moment before falling over Synonyms of waver falter, rock, totter, teeter, wobble (also wabble)Words Related to waver flounder, lurch, stumble, toddle; quake, quaver, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble, vibrate; careen, reel, stagger, weave

Synonym Discussion of waver

swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side.
    • the door suddenly swung open
sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement.
    • trees swaying in the breeze
oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction.
    • an oscillating fan
vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact.
    • the vibrating strings of a piano
fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value.
    • fluctuating interest rates
waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering.
    • the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing
undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion.
    • an undulating sea of grass


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