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
- 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.
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.
- A rhinestone camo purse may teeter on the glamorous side, but unless it's completely covered in gleaming stones or employs the camouflage pattern very discreetly, chances are it won't pass muster at a truly dressy function.
- Kitten heels are very small heels and you can teeter and totter on them just as much as any high-heel, but without the advantage of really elongating your leg.
- It's truely a magnificent sight to behold, but sadly, this is about as good as it gets, and where everything starts to teeter in the wrong direction.
- This height is perfect because it's not high enough to make you teeter unsteadily, and not low enough to make your calves ache.
- However I cannot find a plank that can be used for the Teeter in any of the neighboring stores.