- 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
Examples from the Web for falteringly
Historical Examples of falteringly
"Perhaps not everything is sad," I made answer, falteringly.In the Valley
"I have come to speak of it—to ask pardon for it—I was in the wrong," he said, falteringly.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
How falteringly, and with what pathos she used this grand old word now!The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
"I can not tell you that, Miss Rogers," answered Bernardine, falteringly.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
"It was because the police believe that Hazel was—was in love with you, Phil," she falteringly said.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
- (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.