verb (used without object)
- toto caelo,
- totten trust,
Origin of totter
Examples from the Web for totter
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.
In the long run, the regime might indeed begin to totter: This is the entire point.
The throne must totter, the subjects must become unmanageable and mutinous, and their ruler hard-hearted and inhuman.
Afterwards he will fill his German pipe, totter off to the billiard-room, and smoke and sleep till tea-time.Major Frank|A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
But how watchful is her eye, how outstretched her arms to catch her babe the instant it begins to totter!The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures|Frederick von Schlegel
Jimmie seemed dazed that this idol, of its own will, should so totter.The Little Regiment|Stephen Crane
If ever his right hand should forget its cunning, his supremacy would indeed begin to totter.Falling in Love|Grant Allen
Word Origin for totter
c.1200, "swing to and fro," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian totra "to quiver, shake"). Meaning "stand or walk with shaky, unsteady steps" is from c.1600. Related: Tottered; tottering.