An example of falter is to stumble through a dark hallway.
- 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 of falterMiddle English faltren, probably ; from ON, as in faltra(sk), be uncertain
- a faltering
- a faltering sound
intransitive verbfal·tered, fal·ter·ing, fal·ters
- To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver: “She never faltered in her resolution to regain her old position” (Louis Auchincloss).
- To speak hesitatingly; stammer: faltered in reciting the poem.
- a. To move unsteadily or haltingly; stumble: The racehorse faltered right after the start.b. To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance: The economy faltered in the second quarter. His memory began to falter.
- Unsteadiness in speech or action: finished the project without falter.
- A faltering sound: answered with a falter in his voice.
Origin of falterMiddle English falteren, to stagger, possibly from Old Norse faltrask, to be puzzled, hesitate.
(third-person singular simple present falters, present participle faltering, simple past and past participle faltered)
- To waver or be unsteady.
- (intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
- To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
- To stumble.
- (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
- To hesitate in purpose or action.
- To cleanse or sift, as barley.