- 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
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Origin of waver2
Examples from the Web for waver
But no sooner was the 40-year-old activist out of U.S. hands than he began to waver.Has Hillary Clinton Salvaged Deal to Bring Chen to U.S. Temporarily?
May 4, 2012
But that had no appreciable effect on military performance until the top leadership itself began to waver and retreat.The Decade's First Revolution?
January 2, 2010
Once there was a waver in the line, such as precedes a rush.Way of the Lawless
He had settled opinions about Mrs. Roberts now, from which he would not be likely to waver.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Grant did not even look at Phoebe, but his purpose seemed to waver in spite of himself.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
She seemed to waver, but stood—speechless, as if waiting for more.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Despite the agony, his gaze did not waver from the video set across the room.No Hiding Place
Richard R. Smith
- 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
Word Origin and History for waver
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.