Origin of halting

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at halt2, -ing2
Related formshalt·ing·ly, adverbhalt·ing·ness, nounun·halt·ing, adjectiveun·halt·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unhalting

Historical Examples of unhalting

  • Macy's policy of underselling its competitors is an unhalting one.

  • Thus the steady forging ahead of Verdi, the unhalting development of his genius, is the really great feature of his career.

British Dictionary definitions for unhalting


  1. hesitanthalting speech
  2. lame
Derived Formshaltingly, adverbhaltingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unhalting



"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.

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