Falter Definition

faltered, faltering, falters
faltered, faltering, falters
To say hesitantly or timidly.
Webster's New World
To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver.
American Heritage
To stumble in speech; speak haltingly; stammer.
Webster's New World
To move uncertainly or unsteadily; totter; stumble.
Webster's New World
To act hesitantly; show uncertainty; waver; flinch.
To falter under enemy fire.
Webster's New World
A faltering.
Webster's New World
Unsteadiness in speech or action.
Finished the project without falter.
American Heritage
A faltering sound.
Webster's New World

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English falteren to stagger possibly from Old Norse faltrask to be puzzled, hesitate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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