- Falter is defined as to move in an uncertain way or to hesitate in word or action.
An example of falter is to stumble through a dark hallway.
falter definition by Webster's New World
- to move uncertainly or unsteadily; totter; stumble
- to stumble in speech; speak haltingly; stammer
- to act hesitantly; show uncertainty; waver; flinch: to falter under enemy fire
- to lose strength, certainty, etc.; weaken: the economy faltered
Origin: Middle English faltren, probably ; from Old Norse as in faltra(sk), be uncertain
- a faltering
- a faltering sound
falter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb fal·tered, fal·ter·ing, fal·ters
- To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver. See Synonyms at hesitate.
- To speak hesitatingly; stammer.
- a. To move ineptly or haltingly; stumble.b. To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness: The automobile engine faltered.
- Unsteadiness in speech or action.
- A faltering sound.
Origin: Middle English falteren, to stagger, possibly from Old Norse faltrask, to be puzzled, hesitate.
- falˈter·er noun
- falˈter·ing·ly adverb