- 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 waveringly
"But supposin' Mrs. Macintosh wants another helpin'" (waveringly).Dimbie and I--and Amelia
Indistinctly, waveringly as in a vision, dusky heads could be made out.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
He went, waveringly, along the corridor, brushing the hangings with his shoulder.The Fifth Queen
Ford Madox Ford
Her blue eyes looked at him waveringly, then dropped to the ground.The Snow-Burner
Again she looks at him, waveringly this time, and thence to her turf.Doctor Cupid
- 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 waveringly
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.