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totter

[ tot-er ]
/ ˈtɒt ər /
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verb (used without object)
to walk or go with faltering, unsteady steps: She tottered down the street in high heels, desperately fighting to stay vertical.
to sway or rock on the base or ground, as if about to fall: The tower seemed to totter in the wind.
to shake or tremble: a load that tottered.
to lack security or stability; threaten to collapse: The government was tottering.
noun
the act of tottering; an unsteady movement or gait.
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Origin of totter

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English toteren “to swing”; origin uncertain

synonym study for totter

1. See stagger.

OTHER WORDS FROM totter

tot·ter·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for totter

totter
/ (ˈtɒtə) /

verb (intr)
to walk or move in an unsteady manner, as from old age
to sway or shake as if about to fall
to be failing, unstable, or precarious
noun
the act or an instance of tottering

Derived forms of totter

totterer, nountottering, adjectivetotteringly, adverbtottery, adjective

Word Origin for totter

C12: perhaps from Old English tealtrian to waver, and Middle Dutch touteren to stagger
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