- 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.
Teeter is defined as to wobble in a shaky way, or to change back and forth between two sides of an opinion.
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 dr?-, to step from source trap, trip
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.