Origin of tottering
verb (used without object)
Origin of totter
Examples from the Web for tottering
He is vividly, fearfully aware of how much worse things might get than the rotten, tottering system he upholds.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’|Jedediah Purdy|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bankrupt ones are outlined in red, while the tottering ones have orange outlines.
Egypt is tottering between rule by Islamists and the military.Leslie H. Gelb on a World in Crisis—and What Obama Should Do|Leslie H. Gelb|December 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Bags had grown to this enormous monstrosity, wildly unfunctional, akin to tottering around on seven-inch heels.
And in all the rest of the world, half a dozen old men, if so many, tottering toward their graves.
The student should see that this is a sure foundation and not a tottering, shaky structure.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day|Sidney Farnsworth
Daphne, suffocated with anger and emotion, broke from him—tottering.Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
She lagged, and Denver slowed his pace to support her tottering progress.Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
It was even then tottering on the verge of its grave, in spite of the brave front it kept up.Secret Service|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Tottering toward the door, he already had his hand upon the latch when Beorn arose and followed him.Murder Point|Coningsby Dawson
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.