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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 unfalteringly
Historical Examples
  • In the telescopic screen, the other ship came on unfalteringly.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • Clemens was always beautifully and unfalteringly a republican.

    Literary Friends And Acquaintances William Dean Howells
  • unfalteringly I say, the witch is a crime of their own making.Michelet.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • unfalteringly do I say, “The Witch is a crime of their own achieving.”

  • Every utterance of this woman was unfalteringly pious and Christian.

    Eugenie Grandet Honore de Balzac
  • Long and unfalteringly she let her eyes meet his, and there was that in them that no man misunderstands.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • Why is it the young can see through our tattered make-ups and judge us so unfalteringly and with such little mercy?

  • I say unfalteringly, “In the age of despair:” of that deep despair which the gentry of the Church engendered.

  • Unerringly she placed her finger upon the human weaknesses in his book-people, and unfalteringly she bade him reform them.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • Those who knew her most intimately could readily testify that she was unfalteringly keeping her word.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
British Dictionary definitions for unfalteringly


(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 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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