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

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British Dictionary definitions for haltingly



hesitanthalting speech
Derived Formshaltingly, adverbhaltingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for haltingly



"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.

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