to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.
to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam wavered and then disappeared.
become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: When she heard the news her courage wavered.
to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice: Her voice wavered.
to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: He wavered in his determination.
(of things) to fluctuate or vary: Prices wavered.
to totter or reel: The earth quaked and the tower wavered.
an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.
Origin of waver
1275–1325;Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal Germanwabern to move about, Old Norsevafra to toddle
Related formswa·ver·er, nounwa·ver·ing·ly, adverbnon·wa·ver·ing, adjectiveun·wa·vered, adjectiveun·wa·ver·ing, adjectiveun·wa·ver·ing·ly, adverb
Synonyms for waver
4. quiver. 5. Waver,fluctuate,vacillate refer to an alternation or hesitation between one direction and another. Waver means to hesitate between choices: to waver between two courses of action.Fluctuate suggests irregular change from one side to the other or up and down: The prices of stocks fluctuate when there is bad news followed by good.Vacillate is to make up one's mind and change it again suddenly; to be undecided as to what to do: We must not vacillate but must set a day.
late 13c., weyveren, "to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre "restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern "to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root of wave (v.). Related: Wavered; wavering.