- faltering or hesitating, especially in speech.
- faulty or imperfect.
- limping or lame: a halting gait.
Origin of halting
Examples from the Web for haltingly
“Nice meet you,” he said haltingly, in broken English, using my language since I did not speak his.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster
John Kael Weston
March 17, 2013
For another, we can remind ourselves how fluidly hate is taught, and how haltingly trust is restored.Michigan State University Student Has His Mouth Stapled in Vicious Campus Hate Crime
August 29, 2012
Inside the dealership, Rudy Giuiliani is haltingly explaining his position on gun control.Rudy Giuliani’s 2012 Tease
July 15, 2011
Obama is now doing number 3—haltingly, but on the promised schedule.The GOP vs. Democracy
June 24, 2011
The ideals of liberty and self-determination, equality and the rule of law have haltingly advanced.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
"It is about Katrina," he said haltingly, as he eyed me curiously.City of Endless Night
She glanced pitifully at him once more and then haltingly told her story.The Vagrant Duke
"I assure you I have no intention of prying," said Cameron haltingly.Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
"I cannot express myself at all as I feel," she haltingly told them.Susan B. Anthony
"You are indeed a good friend," murmured Marston slowly and haltingly.John Frewen, South Sea Whaler
- hesitanthalting speech
Word Origin and History for haltingly
"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.