Falter meaning

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Falter is defined as to move in an uncertain way or to hesitate in word or action.

An example of falter is to stumble through a dark hallway.

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To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver.
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To speak hesitatingly; stammer.

Faltered in reciting the poem.

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To move unsteadily or haltingly; stumble.

The racehorse faltered right after the start.

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To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance.

The economy faltered in the second quarter. His memory began to falter.

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Unsteadiness in speech or action.

Finished the project without falter.

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A faltering sound.

Answered with a falter in his voice.

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To move uncertainly or unsteadily; totter; stumble.
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To stumble in speech; speak haltingly; stammer.
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To act hesitantly; show uncertainty; waver; flinch.

To falter under enemy fire.

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To lose strength, certainty, etc.; weaken.

The economy faltered.

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To say hesitantly or timidly.
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A faltering.
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A faltering sound.
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To waver or be unsteady.
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(intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
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To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
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(figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
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To hesitate in purpose or action.
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To cleanse or sift, as barley.

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Origin of falter

Middle English falteren (“to stagger”), probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse faltrast, be encumbered) or from a Middle English frequentative of falden, folden (“to fold”). More at fold.