- 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.
to totter, wobble, waver, etc.
Origin of teeterdialect, dialectal 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
to cause to teeter
intransitive verbtee·tered, tee·ter·ing, tee·ters
- To move or sway unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
- To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
- To be close to or in danger of failure or ruin: The housing market teetered on the edge of collapse.
Origin of teeterMiddle English titeren, probably from Old Norse titra, to shake.
(third-person singular simple present teeters, present participle teetering, simple past and past participle teetered)
- To tilt back and forth on an edge.