Waver meaning

wāvər
(intransitive) To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

Flowers wavered in the breeze.

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To fluctuate.
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(intransitive) To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
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To waver is to sway back and forth, show doubt, or to become uncertain in your opinion or planned course of action.

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.

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To swing or sway to and fro; flutter.
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(intransitive) To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
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(intransitive) To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.

His voice wavered when the reporter brought up the controversial topic.

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(intransitive) To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
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(intransitive) To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.
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To become unsteady; begin to give way; falter.
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To change or fluctuate.

The weather wavered between sunny and overcast.

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The action of wavering.

The waver of the flashlight in the distance.

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To show doubt or indecision; find it hard, or be unable, to decide; vacillate.
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To tremble; quaver.
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To vary in brightness; flicker.
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To totter.
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The act of wavering, trembling, vacillating, etc.
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An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.
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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.

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Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).
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A tool that accomplishes hair waving.
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(UK, dialect, dated) A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.

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A darkwaver; a fan of darkwave music.

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Origin of waver

  • Middle English waveren webh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old Norse vafra (“to flicker").

    From Wiktionary