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[fawl-ter] /ˈfɔl tər/
verb (used without object)
to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way:
Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
to move unsteadily; stumble.
verb (used with object)
to utter hesitatingly or brokenly:
to falter an apology.
the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
a faltering sound.
Origin of falter
1300-50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled with
Related forms
falterer, noun
falteringly, adverb
nonfaltering, adjective
nonfalteringly, adverb
unfaltering, adjective
unfalteringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unfaltering
Historical Examples
  • He hesitated, looking at her firmly with his unfaltering gaze.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • From that time until the present year she has been unfaltering in her devotion.

  • But courage was unfaltering, faith undimmed, power unabated.

  • How many reasons for your deep and unfaltering affection for each other!

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Now, from Alicia's manner it was plain that the blow had fallen from an unfaltering hand.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • Her unfaltering logic notwithstanding, I felt this about Paulina as I listened.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • With unfaltering step he walked to the great chair and seated himself.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Now His unfaltering trust in His Father has its sweet reward.

  • unfaltering in courage and allegiance to the Master, his “No!”

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Reed's eyes lost a little of their eagerness; but his smile was unfaltering.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
British Dictionary definitions for unfaltering


(intransitive) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
(intransitive) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
a quavering or irregular sound
Derived Forms
falterer, noun
falteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast
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Word Origin and History for unfaltering

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of falter. Related: Unfalteringly.



mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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