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falter

[ fawl-ter ]
/ ˈfɔl tər /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.

noun

the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
a faltering sound.

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Origin of falter

1300–50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled with
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British Dictionary definitions for falter

falter
/ (ˈfɔːltə) /

verb

(intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
(intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer

noun

uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
a quavering or irregular sound
falterer, nounfalteringly, adverb
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast
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