[ wey-ver ]
/ ˈweɪ vər /
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verb (used without object)


an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.



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Origin of waver

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal German wabern “to move about,” Old Norse vafra “to toddle”

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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.


Definition for waver (2 of 2)

[ wey-ver ]
/ ˈweɪ vər /


a person who waves or causes something to wave: Election time brings out the wavers of flags and haranguers of mobs.
a person who specializes in waving hair.
something, as a curling iron, used for waving hair.

Origin of waver

First recorded in 1550–60; wave + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for waver

/ (ˈweɪvə) /

verb (intr)

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

Derived forms of waver

waverer, nounwavering, adjectivewaveringly, adverb

Word Origin for waver

C14: from Old Norse vafra to flicker; related to German wabern to move about
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