- to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
- to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
- to move unsteadily; stumble.
- to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.
- the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
- a faltering sound.
Origin of falter
Related Words for falterreel, flounder, hesitate, waver, wobble, totter, fluff, vacillate, halt, teeter, stammer, rock, quaver, lurch, scruple, break, fluctuate, stagger, shake, topple
Examples from the Web for falter
Contemporary Examples of falter
Every one of those models began to falter within 30 years or so.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
November 17, 2013
Both women now adamantly believe the negotiations will falter and their sons will serve out the rest of their terms.Palestinian Prisoners Are Released And No One Cares
August 20, 2013
She was still going strong as she turned 100 and his own health began to falter.Anthony Marshall Heads to Prison, Ending the Brooke Astor Affair
June 22, 2013
It says that if you falter, the powers that be will more likely see criminality than youthful indiscretion.After Trayvon, Reminding My Black Sons To Be Careful
April 20, 2012
The more Palin and Tebow falter, the more rabid their supporters become.Why Tim Tebow Is the Sarah Palin of Football
January 14, 2012
Historical Examples of falter
I smiled and held out both my hands to him, and I could see him falter as he looked.The Bacillus of Beauty
“Not very,” Mr Verloc managed to falter out, in a profound shudder.The Secret Agent
I had come and gone twice, and was again sitting by her, when she began to falter.A Tale of Two Cities
Was there anything in the forecast of the night that made him falter?Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
Still her voice did not falter, and my courage did not give way.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- (intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
- (intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
- to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
- uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
- a quavering or irregular sound
Word Origin for falter
mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.