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[wey-ver] /ˈweɪ vər/
verb (used without object)
to sway to and fro; flutter:
Foliage wavers in the breeze.
to flicker or quiver, as light:
A distant beam wavered and then disappeared.
become unsteady; begin to fail or give way:
When she heard the news her courage wavered.
to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice:
Her voice wavered.
to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate:
He wavered in his determination.
(of things) to fluctuate or vary:
Prices wavered.
to totter or reel:
The earth quaked and the tower wavered.
an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.
Origin of waver1
1275-1325; Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal German wabern to move about, Old Norse vafra to toddle
Related forms
waverer, noun
waveringly, adverb
nonwavering, adjective
unwavered, adjective
unwavering, adjective
unwaveringly, adverb
4. quiver. 5. Waver, fluctuate, vacillate refer to an alternation or hesitation between one direction and another. Waver means to hesitate between choices: to waver between two courses of action. Fluctuate suggests irregular change from one side to the other or up and down: The prices of stocks fluctuate when there is bad news followed by good. Vacillate is to make up one's mind and change it again suddenly; to be undecided as to what to do: We must not vacillate but must set a day. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here the Regulations, which hitherto had unwaveringly rewarded Hafner for his respect of them, suddenly went faithless.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • As a perishing blond without an alphabet I should have done this unwaveringly.

  • Again there was a diffident pause, but the sincere blue eyes were unwaveringly steady as they met the gray ones.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • Eric looked at her unwaveringly and bade her finish her story.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • But he and they were held up, and he unwaveringly rested on the fatherly pity of God.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • He would reason out a purpose and then unwaveringly adhere to it.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
  • Her face showed no sign of what she thought; her eyes were unwaveringly fixed on the distance.

  • He saw the gleam in the dog's eyes, fixed upon him unwaveringly.

  • They would follow her unwaveringly, when no other commander could make them budge.

    A Heroine of France Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Her gaze fastened on Magda's face and clung there unwaveringly while she read the letter.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
British Dictionary definitions for unwaveringly


verb (intransitive)
to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
to become unsteady
to fluctuate or vary
to move back and forth or one way and another
(of light) to flicker or flash
the act or an instance of wavering
Derived Forms
waverer, noun
wavering, adjective
waveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse vafra to flicker; related to German wabern to move about
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unwaveringly



late 13c., weyveren, "to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre "restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern "to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root of wave (v.). Related: Wavered; wavering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flag-waver, skivvy-waver

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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