- to move unsteadily.
- to ride a seesaw; teetertotter.
- to tip (something) up and down; move unsteadily.
- a seesaw motion; wobble.
- a seesaw; teetertotter.
Origin of teeter
Related Words for teetertotter, tremble, dangle, stagger, lurch, seesaw, waver, falter, flutter, reel, stumble, topple, quiver, stammer, wiggle, rock, pivot, balance, sway, weave
Examples from the Web for teeter
Contemporary Examples of teeter
The program began to teeter under the weight of its own outsized expectations, questionable staffing decisions, and naivete.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
The economy will teeter, one foot over the cliff, while members of Congress soak up the recess sun or swoosh down the ski slopes.Robert Shrum: Obama Won Election & Will Win Again on Fiscal Cliff
December 7, 2012
Unaware of their own strength, they teeter on the edge of the victim abyss.A Writer's International Wanderings
Susan Salter Reynolds
May 9, 2010
The one-liners, ungrounded in the best of times, now teeter dangerously close to nastiness.The Banned 'Family Guy' Episode
August 13, 2009
Historical Examples of teeter
Take the dollies off the teeter and let them rest for a while and watch you build a church.Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls
The mamma does have me to rock it and rock it and teeter it on the bed and walk the floor with it.
While I did teeter the baby I did look looks out the window.
I did go to teeter the baby on the bed as the mamma did say for me to do.
He showed it as he stared down at Mrs. Teeter just in front of him.The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
- to move or cause to move unsteadily; wobble
- another word for seesaw
Word Origin for teeter
1843, "to seesaw," alteration of Middle English titter "move unsteadily," probably from Old Norse titra "to shake, shiver, totter," related to German zittern "to tremble." Noun teeter-totter "see-saw" is attested from 1905.