- faltering or hesitating, especially in speech.
- faulty or imperfect.
- limping or lame: a halting gait.
Origin of halting
- to stop; cease moving, operating, etc., either permanently or temporarily: They halted for lunch and strolled about.
- to cause to stop temporarily or permanently; bring to a stop: They halted operations during contract negotiations.
- a temporary or permanent stop.
- (used as a command to stop and stand motionless, as to marching troops or to a fleeing suspect.)
Origin of halt1
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
- to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
- to be in doubt; waver between alternatives; vacillate.
- Archaic. to be lame; walk lamely; limp.
- Archaic. lame; limping.
- Archaic. lameness; a limp.
- (used with a plural verb) lame people, especially severely lamed ones (usually preceded by the): the halt and the blind.
Origin of halt2
Examples from the Web for halting
The regime, meanwhile, has its own incentives for halting the violence in the city.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace
November 18, 2014
What potential damage has the halting of research on psychedelics caused?Psychedelics Are Ready for a Comeback
September 8, 2014
And then Sotloff is presented to the camera and Obama is challenged to save him by halting the bombing.Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist
August 19, 2014
In the longer term, she sees big strides in preventing tartar build-up and halting receding gums.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
After four years of a halting recovery, Bernanke said, things are looking up.Bernanke Drop the Mic as He Exits the Fed
December 19, 2013
Suddenly she said in a low, halting tone, "Miss Harlowe, if you knew how—"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Inspector Burke himself filled the void in the halting sentence.Within the Law
There was no halting over the tiny vials, for she had decided just what she must do.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It would seem that Peppajee understood, even though his speech was halting.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Great enterprises are not pushed through in this halting fashion.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- hesitanthalting speech
- an interruption or end to activity, movement, or progress
- mainly British a minor railway station, without permanent buildings
- call a halt to put an end (to something); stop
- a command to halt, esp as an order when marching
- to come or bring to a halt
- (esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
- to waver or be unsure
- archaic to be lame
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the halt
- archaic lameness
Word Origin and History for halting
"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.
"a stop, a halting," 1590s, from French halte (16c.) or Italian alto, ultimately from German Halt, imperative from Old High German halten "to hold" (see hold (v.)). A German military command borrowed into the Romanic languages 16c. The verb in this sense is from 1650s, from the noun. Related: Halted; halting.
"lame," in Old English lemphalt "limping," from Proto-Germanic *haltaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian halt, Old Norse haltr, Old High German halz, Gothic halts "lame"), from PIE *keld-, from root *kel- "to strike, cut," with derivatives meaning "something broken or cut off" (cf. Russian koldyka "lame," Greek kolobos "broken, curtailed"). The noun meaning "one who limps; the lame collectively" is from c.1200.