- 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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Examples from the Web for waverer
Nor was Seaforth the only waverer who had taken to heart the lesson taught Argyll.Montrose
Dolores would have thee before all the rest, friend; but she despises a waverer.The Pirate Woman
Aylward Edward Dingle
Mr. Newman left the Church of England and with him carried many a waverer.Barchester Towers
What, then, will uplift him if he has been a waverer in principle as well as in fact?Principles of Freedom
Terence J. MacSwiney
This was not the first waverer Jeff had brought back into line, not the first by several.The Vision Spendid
William MacLeod Raine
- 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 waverer
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.