- a trembling; vibration.
- a state of flustered excitement or fear.
- to act irresolutely; vacillate.
- North England. to tremble with excitement or fear.
Origin of dither
Examples from the Web for dither
We cannot dither, we cannot just twiddle our thumbs, or wait and see.After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War
September 2, 2014
We dither, we argue, we do little, as the world moves rapidly.Obama’s Deficit Plan Falls Short
September 19, 2011
But unlike the epic drama of the 2000 debacle, this result feels like the big British dither.Florida on the Thames
May 7, 2010
The planks at his feet had started to dither again, and practice told him that the vessel must be moving.The Hero of Panama
F. S. Brereton
Without the stimulus of nature before him it was difficult to preserve the "dither" in the drawing, and the life has escaped.
There must be enough play between the vital parts to allow of some movement; "dither" is, I believe, the Scotch word for it.
About seventy-five per cent of the golfers who follow the usual tuition are "all of a dither."The Soul of Golf
Percy Adolphus Vaile
Every new batch of fluff-balls drove him to a dither of vicarious maternity.Wilderness of Spring
- mainly British to be uncertain or indecisive
- mainly US to be in an agitated state
- to tremble, as with cold
- mainly British a state of indecision
- a state of agitation
Word Origin and History for dither
1640s, "to quake, tremble," phonetic variant of Middle English didderen (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. The sense of "vacillate, be anxious" is from 1819. Related: Dithered; dithering.