- Teeter is defined as to wobble in a shaky way, or to change back and forth between two sides of an opinion.
- An example of teeter is a person stumbling down the street almost running into people.
- An example of teeter is to change your decision on how you are going to vote several times before you cast your ballet.
Origin: dial. titter from Middle English titeren from Old Norse titra, to tremble, akin to German zittern from reduplicated, reduplication of Indo-European base an unverified form drā-, to step from source trap, trip
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verb tee·tered, tee·ter·ing, tee·ters verb, intransitive
- To walk or move unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
- To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
- To seesaw.
Origin: Middle English titeren, probably from Old Norse titra, to shake.