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waver

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[wey-ver]
verb (used without object)
  1. to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.
  2. to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam wavered and then disappeared.
  3. become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: When she heard the news her courage wavered.
  4. to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice: Her voice wavered.
  5. to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: He wavered in his determination.
  6. (of things) to fluctuate or vary: Prices wavered.
  7. to totter or reel: The earth quaked and the tower wavered.
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noun
  1. an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.
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Origin of waver

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1275–1325; Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal German wabern to move about, Old Norse vafra 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.
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Examples from the Web for waverer

Historical Examples of waverer

  • Nor was Seaforth the only waverer who had taken to heart the lesson taught Argyll.

    Montrose

    Mowbray Morris

  • Dolores would have thee before all the rest, friend; but she despises a waverer.

    The Pirate Woman

    Aylward Edward Dingle

  • Mr. Newman left the Church of England and with him carried many a waverer.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope

  • What, then, will uplift him if he has been a waverer in principle as well as in fact?

    Principles of Freedom

    Terence J. MacSwiney

  • This was not the first waverer Jeff had brought back into line, not the first by several.

    The Vision Spendid

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for waverer

waver

verb (intr)
  1. to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
  2. to become unsteady
  3. to fluctuate or vary
  4. to move back and forth or one way and another
  5. (of light) to flicker or flash
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of wavering
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Derived Formswaverer, 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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Word Origin and History for waverer

waver

v.

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.

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