- 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
Related Wordsundetermined, unclear, uncertain, hesitant, doubtful, uncommitted, wavering, unsure, vague, ambivalent, throb, pulsate, shudder, shiver, convulse, tremble, disturb, rattle, swing, upset
Examples from the Web for dithering
Despite a dithering Congress and a disdainful American public, the diplomatic doors opened.Suddenly, Great Expectations for Iran-U.S. Relations
September 27, 2013
Such verbiage and dithering in the face of market mayhem helped Europe get into its mess in the first place.Debt Crisis Lessons for Europe
August 19, 2011
Fourth, Gordon Brown is a dour, dithering, dry, dislikeable loser.10 Truths About the British Vote
May 5, 2010
Like Obama he faced accusations of dithering and cowardice, particularly from his great rival Theodore Roosevelt.Obama's Wilsonian Moment
John Milton Cooper, Jr.
December 9, 2009
The word "dithering" is beginning to be heard on this side of the Atlantic, too.Europe's Continent Envy
November 11, 2009
"I'm all dithering," panted Hattie, as Winnie pushed her forward to try first.For the Sake of the School
And the white-livered accomplice is dithering with funk in there.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
A man will no' keep on dithering for what he kens he canna' get.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
His voice caught in a tight knot of strangulation; he was dithering and palsied.Just Around the Corner
Presently he came running out of the scullery, with the soapy water dripping from him, dithering with cold.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- 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 dithering
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.