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.

Definitions of falter
  1. verb
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
    synonyms: waver
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    walk unsteadily
    synonyms: bumble, stumble
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  3. verb
    speak haltingly
    “The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room”
    synonyms: bumble, stammer, stutter
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  4. noun
    the act of pausing uncertainly
    synonyms: faltering, hesitation, waver
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    type of:
    pause
    temporary inactivity
  5. verb
    be unsure or weak
    “Their enthusiasm is faltering
    synonyms: waver
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    type of:
    hesitate, waffle, waver
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
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