Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

tottery

[tot-uh-ree]
See more synonyms for tottery on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. tottering; shaky.
Show More

Origin of tottery

First recorded in 1745–55; totter + -y1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tottery

ambiguous, borderline, capricious, changeable, dizzy, dubious, erratic, fickle, fitful, giddy, inconsistent, inconstant, insecure, irrational, lubricious, mercurial, mobile, movable, moving, mutable

Examples from the Web for tottery

Historical Examples of tottery

  • The major closed the latchless door and took the one tottery chair.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • But An' Jerusha, very rheumatic and tottery, went brave as an autumn sunset.

    The Open Question

    Elizabeth Robins

  • He tried to stand, but found he was too tottery on his legs.

    The White Crystals

    Howard R. Garis

  • Cash was tottery weak from his own illness, and he could not speak above a whisper.

    Cabin Fever

    B. M. Bower

  • When I did get up, I felt so tottery that I could hardly keep my feet.


Word Origin and History for tottery

adj.

1861, from totter + -y (2).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper