verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- teeth grinding,
Origin of teeter
Examples from the Web for teetering
Bigger than ever, the sport is at a crossroads, teetering between reverence for its healing past and fear of a pain-filled future.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower|Evin Demirel|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ousted Ukraine President Yanukovych was teetering on the brink of joining EU.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the animal is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too|Joanna Eede|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The car was teetering back and forth,” later said FDNY Capt. James Ellson of Rescue 3.Amazing Grace in the Bronx: Inside the Metro-North Train-Wreck Rescue|Michael Daly|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But on the other hand the men seemed to agree that Israel was teetering on the edge of imminent catastrophe and destruction.
Its simple machinery had rusted; its tracks ran askew with decay upon their warped underpinning of teetering struts.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
This naturally impeded our progress; but there was more in the teetering than that.
Once I looked back and saw the Chatterer still chanting and teetering.
He pulled out a chair and, teetering perilously for an instant on his crutches, made ready to sit down.Rich Man, Poor Man|Maximilian Foster
Another, teetering high on the plumy crest of a shadowing elm, was emptying its heart of melody.Cursed|George Allan England
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.