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.
the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
a faltering sound.
Origin of falter
1300–50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled withRelated formsfal·ter·er, nounfal·ter·ing·ly, adverbnon·fal·ter·ing, adjectivenon·fal·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·fal·ter·ing, adjectiveun·fal·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for falteringly
Historical Examples of falteringly
"Perhaps not everything is sad," I made answer, falteringly.
"I have come to speak of it—to ask pardon for it—I was in the wrong," he said, falteringly.
How falteringly, and with what pathos she used this grand old word now!
"I can not tell you that, Miss Rogers," answered Bernardine, falteringly.
"It was because the police believe that Hazel was—was in love with you, Phil," she falteringly said.
British Dictionary definitions for falteringly
(intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
(intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
Derived Formsfalterer, nounfalteringly, adverb
uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
a quavering or irregular sound
Word Origin for falter
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast
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Word Origin and History for falteringly
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.
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