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waver

To waver is to move back and forth, like when you waver, one minute thinking you'll stay home, planning to go meet your friends the next, until you finally make your decision.

Waver comes from the Old English word wæfre, which means “restless.” When the wind blows, it makes the leaves and flowers waver, or move, in that same direction. A person who wavers is much the same — affected by any influence or change. He or she isn't sure what to do or may be too shy to express a preference until time is just about up and a decision must be made.

Definitions of waver
  1. verb
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    synonyms: hesitate, waffle
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    dwell on, linger over
    delay
    boggle
    hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
    hover, linger
    move to and fro
    hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate
    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
    falter
    be unsure or weak
    shillyshally
    be uncertain and vague
  2. verb
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
    synonyms: falter
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    be unsure or weak
    synonyms: falter
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    hesitate, waffle
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  4. verb
    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
    synonyms: quaver
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    sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
  5. noun
    the act of pausing uncertainly
    synonyms: falter, faltering, hesitation
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    pause
    temporary inactivity
  6. verb
    sway to and fro
    synonyms: weave
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    sway, swing
    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
  7. verb
    move back and forth very rapidly
    synonyms: flicker, flitter, flutter, quiver
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    move back and forth
    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
  8. verb
    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
    synonyms: fluctuate, vacillate
    fluctuate
    cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern
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    swing
    alternate dramatically between high and low values
  9. noun
    the act of moving back and forth
    synonyms: flicker, flutter
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    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  10. noun
    someone who communicates by waving
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    communicator
    a person who communicates with others
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