verb (used without object)
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|Josh Rogin|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We dither, we argue, we do little, as the world moves rapidly.
But unlike the epic drama of the 2000 debacle, this result feels like the big British dither.
Every new batch of fluff-balls drove him to a dither of vicarious maternity.Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
There must be enough play between the vital parts to allow of some movement; "dither" is, I believe, the Scotch word for it.The Practice and Science Of Drawing|Harold Speed
Imagine anyone trying to get the Old Man into a dither—and getting away with it.The Best Made Plans|Everett B. Cole
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
The voice broke and the colonel, who habitually roared forth his sentiments, began to dither.Windy McPherson's Son|Sherwood Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for dither
Word Origin for dither
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.