[ hawl-ting ]
/ ˈhɔl tɪŋ /


faltering or hesitating, especially in speech.
faulty or imperfect.
limping or lame: a halting gait.

Nearby words

  1. halsted, william stewart,
  2. halt,
  3. halter,
  4. haltere,
  5. halteres,
  6. haltingly,
  7. haltom city,
  8. halton,
  9. halton hills,
  10. halutz

Origin of halting

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at halt2, -ing2

Related formshalt·ing·ly, adverbhalt·ing·ness, nounun·halt·ing, adjectiveun·halt·ing·ly, adverb

Origin of halt

1615–25; from the phrase make halt for German halt machen. See hold1

Synonym study

2. See stop.


[ hawlt ]
/ hɔlt /

verb (used without object)

to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
to be in doubt; waver between alternatives; vacillate.
Archaic. to be lame; walk lamely; limp.


Archaic. lame; limping.


Archaic. lameness; a limp.
(used with a plural verb) lame people, especially severely lamed ones (usually preceded by the): the halt and the blind.

Origin of halt

before 900; Middle English; Old English healt; cognate with Old High German halz, Old Norse haltr, Gothic halts, akin to Latin clādēs damage, loss

Related formshalt·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for halting


/ (ˈhɔːltɪŋ) /


hesitanthalting speech
Derived Formshaltingly, adverbhaltingness, noun


/ (hɔːlt) /


an interruption or end to activity, movement, or progress
mainly British a minor railway station, without permanent buildings
call a halt to put an end (to something); stop

noun, sentence substitute

a command to halt, esp as an order when marching


to come or bring to a halt

Word Origin for halt

C17: from the phrase to make halt, translation of German halt machen, from halten to hold 1, stop


/ (hɔːlt) /

verb (intr)

(esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
to waver or be unsure
archaic to be lame


  1. lame
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the halt


archaic lameness

Word Origin for halt

Old English healt lame; related to Old Norse haltr, Old High German halz lame, Greek kólos maimed, Old Slavonic kladivo hammer

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Word Origin and History for halting
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Idioms and Phrases with halting


see call a halt; come to a halt; grind to a halt.

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