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[tot-uh-ree] /ˈtɒt ə ri/
tottering; shaky.
Origin of tottery
First recorded in 1745-55; totter + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The major closed the latchless door and took the one tottery chair.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • But An' Jerusha, very rheumatic and tottery, went brave as an autumn sunset.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • He tried to stand, but found he was too tottery on his legs.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • Cash was tottery weak from his own illness, and he could not speak above a whisper.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • When I did get up, I felt so tottery that I could hardly keep my feet.

  • The Captain was a tottery old man, past the age for any fundamental joy.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • I found him first, a little withered, dried-up old fellow, wrinkled-faced and bleary-eyed and tottery.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • Through a barred window the wondering warden sourly watched the crawling, tottery figure.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • What a precious experience now this would have been for a tottery, talkative, owlish old parochial creature like me.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • In this way the ghost of the victim, whose things are carried in the bundle, is supposed to make their enemies weak and tottery.

Word Origin and History for tottery

1861, from totter + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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