falter

Falter means to hesitate, stumble, or waver, and everything from faith to voices can do it. So if you want to keep your bride or groom happy, it's best not to falter when it's your turn to say "I do."

Experts may falter if you ask them where falter came from, because the origins are pretty unclear. But everyone agrees on the current meaning: someone who falters is unsteady, wobbly, or unsure. You might falter while reciting a poem if you forget some of the lines, or falter crossing a rickety rope bridge when fear gets the most of you. But you certainly won't falter when someone asks you the meaning of this word.

Primary Meanings of falter

1.
vn
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
the act of pausing uncertainly
2.
v
be unsure or weak
Full Definitions of falter
1

v move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

Synonyms:
waver
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v walk unsteadily

Synonyms:
bumble, stumble
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v speak haltingly

“The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room”
Synonyms:
bumble, stammer, stutter
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n the act of pausing uncertainly

Synonyms:
faltering, hesitation, waver
Type of:
pause
temporary inactivity
2

v be unsure or weak

“Their enthusiasm is faltering
Synonyms:
waver
Type of:
hesitate, waffle, waver
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

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