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halting

[hawl-ting] /ˈhɔl tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
faltering or hesitating, especially in speech.
2.
faulty or imperfect.
3.
limping or lame:
a halting gait.
Origin of halting
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at halt2, -ing2
Related forms
haltingly, adverb
haltingness, noun
unhalting, adjective
unhaltingly, adverb
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  • "It is about Katrina," he said haltingly, as he eyed me curiously.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • She glanced pitifully at him once more and then haltingly told her story.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "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 Alma Lutz
  • "You are indeed a good friend," murmured Marston slowly and haltingly.

British Dictionary definitions for haltingly

halting

/ˈhɔːltɪŋ/
adjective
1.
hesitant: halting speech
2.
lame
Derived Forms
haltingly, adverb
haltingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haltingly

halting

n.

"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.

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