faltering


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fal·ter

 (fôl′tər)
intr.v. fal·tered, fal·ter·ing, fal·ters
1. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver: "She never faltered in her resolution to regain her old position" (Louis Auchincloss).
2. To speak hesitatingly; stammer: faltered in reciting the poem.
3.
a. To move unsteadily or haltingly; stumble: The racehorse faltered right after the start.
b. To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance: The economy faltered in the second quarter. His memory began to falter.
n.
1. Unsteadiness in speech or action: finished the project without falter.
2. A faltering sound: answered with a falter in his voice.

[Middle English falteren, to stagger, possibly from Old Norse faltrask, to be puzzled, hesitate.]

fal′ter·er n.
fal′ter·ing·ly adv.

faltering

(ˈfɔːltərɪŋ)
adj
1. unsteady; shaky
2. not fluent; hesitant
3. experiencing difficulties; struggling
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.faltering - the act of pausing uncertainlyfaltering - the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
pause - temporary inactivity
Adj.1.faltering - unsteady in speech or action
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"

faltering

adjective hesitant, broken, weak, uncertain, stumbling, tentative, stammering, timid, irresolute He spoke in faltering English.
Translations
مُتَرَنِّح، مُتَلَعْثِم
váhavýzajíkavý
usikker
botladozó
óstyrkur
kekeleyen

faltering

[ˈfɔːltərɪŋ] ADJ [voice] → entrecortado, quebrado; [step] → vacilante

faltering

[ˈfɔːltərɪŋ] adj
[steps] → hésitant(e)
[voice, speech] → hésitant(e)
[economy, process] → chancelant(e)

faltering

adj voicestockend, stammelnd; (= hesitating, wavering)zögernd; (= unsteady)taumelnd; economygeschwächt; campaignhalbherzig; recoveryzögernd

faltering

[ˈfɔːltərɪŋ] adjincerto/a

falter

(ˈfoːltə) verb
1. to stumble or hesitate. She walked without faltering.
2. to speak with hesitation. Her voice faltered.
ˈfaltering adjective
ˈfalteringly adverb
References in classic literature ?
I winced at my mistake, which I attenuated as I could, and opened my letter again to repeat it to her; then, faltering in the act and folding it up once more, I put it back in my pocket.
good many iron in him hide, too, Captain, cried Queequeg disjointedly, all twiske-tee betwisk, like him--him-- faltering hard for a word, and screwing his hand round and round as though uncorking a bottle -- like him--him-- Corkscrew
Now to this hand, now to that, he yawed in his faltering flight, and still at every billow that he broke, he spasmodically sank in the sea, or sideways rolled towards the sky his one beating fin.
Even with their assurance the men were afraid to proceed, and several times old Peter turned, with ashy face and faltering limbs, and said, with terrible emphasis, "I CANNOT
Vanstone's eyes had suddenly changed to a dreary winter view -- if the trees had lost all their leaves, and the green fields had turned white with snow in an instant -- his face could hardly have expressed greater amazement than it displayed when his daughter's faltering voice spoke those four last words.
To whom did he appear to repeat her faltering words, when, raising his voice and turning his head towards the door of the room from which he had issued, he said: "Removed to the Conciergerie, and summoned for to-morrow?
Barkis,' I said, faltering a little at the idea of my being far away from it then, and could give your own message so much better.
But I had a reason that was an old reason now, for constitutionally faltering whenever I heard the word convict.
It means,'' he added, in a faltering voice, ``that my brother Richard has obtained his freedom.
said Jane, faltering as she began to realize the consequences.
There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings.
They talked together, the man wondering at the faltering Arabic of the girl, but attributing it finally to her defective mentality.