(third-person singular simple present totters, present participle tottering, simple past and past participle tottered)
- To walk,move or stand unsteadily or falteringly; threatening to fall.
- The baby tottered from the table to the chair.
- The old man tottered out of the pub into the street.
- The car tottered on the edge of the cliff.
- (archaic, intransitive) To collect junk or scrap.
From Middle English totren, toteren, from earlier *tolteren (compare English dialectal tolter (“to struggle, flounder"); Scots tolter (“unstable, wonky")), from Old English tealtrian (“to totter, vacillate"), from Proto-Germanic *taltrÅnÄ…, *taltÅnÄ… (“to sway, dangle, hesitate"), from Proto-Indo-European *del-, *dul- (“to shake, hesitate"). Cognate with Dutch touteren (“to tremble"), North Frisian talt, tolt (“unstable, shaky"). Related to tilt.