When you decide on one option and then start to rethink your decision and have a hard time choosing, this is an example of a situation where you waver between different options.
- to swing or sway to and fro; flutter
- to show doubt or indecision; find it hard, or be unable, to decide; vacillate
- to become unsteady; begin to give way; falter
- to tremble; quaver: said of the voice, etc.
- to vary in brightness; flicker: said of light
- to fluctuate
- to totter
Origin of waverMiddle English waveren, frequentative of waven, to wave
intransitive verbwa·vered, wa·ver·ing, wa·vers
- a. To move unsteadily back and forth: The flowers wavered in the breeze. See Synonyms at swing.b. To move in a certain direction with a swaying or unsteady motion: The child wavered along the hall. Snowflakes wavered down.
- a. To exhibit irresolution or indecision; vacillate: They wavered over buying a house.b. To become unsteady or unsure; falter: His resolve began to waver.c. To become diverted: She never wavered from her position opposing the war.
- To change or fluctuate: The weather wavered between sunny and overcast.
- a. To tremble or quaver in sound, as of the voice or a musical note.b. To flicker or glimmer: The door opened, and the light from the candle wavered.
Origin of waverMiddle English waveren; see webh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wavers, present participle wavering, simple past and past participle wavered)
- (intransitive) To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.
- Flowers wavered in the breeze.
- (intransitive) To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
- (intransitive) To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
- (intransitive) To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
- His voice wavered when the reporter brought up the controversial topic.
- (intransitive) To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
- (intransitive) To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.
- An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.
- Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.
- I felt encouraged by all the enthusiastic wavers in the crowd.
- The Fourth of July brings out all the flag wavers.
- Johnny is such a little waver; everyone who passes by receives his preferred greeting.
- Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).
- A tool that accomplishes hair waving.
- (UK, dialect, dated) A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
- A darkwaver; a fan of darkwave music.
From Old Norse vafra (“to flicker").
Variant of wave
intransitive verbwaved, waving
- to move up and down or back and forth in a curving or undulating motion; swing, sway, or flutter to and fro: said of flexible things free at one end: flags waving in the breeze
- to signal by moving a hand, arm, light, etc. to and fro
- to have the form of a series of curves or undulations: hair that waves naturally
Origin of waveMiddle English waven ; from Old English wafian, akin to German waben, to fluctuate ; from Indo-European an unverified form webh-, to move to and fro, probably identical with an unverified form webh-, to weave
- to cause to wave, undulate, or sway to and fro
- to swing or brandish (a weapon)
- to move or swing (something) as a signal; motion with (the hand, arms, etc.)
- to signal (something) by doing this: to wave farewell
- to signal or signify something to (someone) by doing this: he waved us on
- to give an undulating form to; make sinuous: to wave one's hair
- a ridge or swell moving along the surface of a liquid or body of water as a result of disturbance, as by wind
- an undulation or series of undulations in or on a surface, such as that caused by wind over a field of grain
- a curve or series of curves or curls, as in the hair
- an appearance of undulation, by reflection of light, on watered fabric
- a motion to and fro or up and down, such as that made by the hand in signaling
- something like a wave in action or effect; specif.,
- an upsurge or rise, as to a crest, or a progressively swelling manifestation: a crime wave, heat wave, wave of emotion, etc.
- a movement of people, etc., in groups or masses, which recedes or grows smaller before subsiding or being followed by another: a wave of immigrants
- Old Poet. water; esp., the sea or other body of water
- Physics a periodic motion or disturbance consisting of a series of many oscillations that propagate through a medium or space, as in the propagation of sound or light: the medium does not travel outward from the source with the wave but only vibrates as it passes
Origin of wavealtered (based on the v.) < ME wawe, a wave