- 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 waver1
Synonyms for waver
- to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
- to become unsteady
- to fluctuate or vary
- to move back and forth or one way and another
- (of light) to flicker or flash
- the act or an instance of wavering
Word Origin for waver
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.