- a trembling; vibration.
- a state of flustered excitement or fear.
- to act irresolutely; vacillate.
- North England. to tremble with excitement or fear.
Origin of dither
1640–50; variant of didder (late Middle English diddere); cf. dodder1
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- mainly British to be uncertain or indecisive
- mainly US to be in an agitated state
- to tremble, as with cold
- mainly British a state of indecision
- a state of agitation
C17: variant of C14 (northern English dialect) didder, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dithery
1640s, "to quake, tremble," phonetic variant of Middle English didderen (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. The sense of "vacillate, be anxious" is from 1819. Related: Dithered; dithering.
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