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

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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Examples from the Web for haltingly

Contemporary Examples of haltingly

Historical Examples of haltingly

  • "It is about Katrina," he said haltingly, as he eyed me curiously.

  • She glanced pitifully at him once more and then haltingly told her story.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • "I assure you I have no intention of prying," said Cameron haltingly.

    Cubs of the Wolf

    Raymond F. Jones

  • "I cannot express myself at all as I feel," she haltingly told them.

  • "You are indeed a good friend," murmured Marston slowly and haltingly.

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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