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").