- 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 falteredreel, flounder, hesitate, waver, wobble, totter, fluff, vacillate, halt, teeter, stammer, rock, quaver, lurch, scruple, break, fluctuate, stagger, shake, topple
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Contemporary Examples of faltered
He had faltered in the lead, but Clooney has already played an invaluable supporting role in this campaign.Can Amal Clooney Save Greece’s Antiquities?
October 15, 2014
Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, all of Europe faltered as trade and commerce dried up.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation
September 17, 2014
And as marine life has disappeared, commercial fishing operations have faltered or failed.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail
Sylvia A. Earle
August 15, 2014
But as the Lannisters have risen to new heights, the male members of the family have faltered.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
Halie was still bouncy with energy, but faltered as she passed East 27th Street on Sixth Avenue.She Is Trayvon Martin
July 15, 2013
Historical Examples of faltered
"I think—we've—we've always did our own buttling," she faltered.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But for a second she faltered; if ever quick action were needed, it was now.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Yet he never, in the darkest hour, faltered or hesitated for a moment.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
"I—I won't do it again," she faltered, twisting her hands together.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He faltered; a worried and calculating look shadowed his small eyes.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- (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.