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tot·ter

 (tŏt′ər)
intr.v. tot·tered, tot·ter·ing, tot·ters
1.
a. To sway as if about to fall.
b. To appear about to collapse: an empire that had begun to totter.
2. To walk unsteadily or feebly; stagger. See Synonyms at blunder.
n.
The act or condition of tottering.

[Middle English toteren, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

tot′ter·er n.
tot′ter·y adj.

totter

(ˈtɒtə)
vb (intr)
1. to walk or move in an unsteady manner, as from old age
2. to sway or shake as if about to fall
3. to be failing, unstable, or precarious
n
the act or an instance of tottering
[C12: perhaps from Old English tealtrian to waver, and Middle Dutch touteren to stagger]
ˈtotterer n
ˈtottering adj
ˈtotteringly adv
ˈtottery adj

tot•ter

(ˈtɒt ər)

v.i.
1. to walk or go with faltering steps, as if from extreme weakness.
2. to sway or rock on the base or ground, as if about to fall.
3. to shake or tremble.
n.
4. the act of tottering; an unsteady gait.
[1175–1225; Middle English toteren to swing]
tot′ter•er, n.

totter


Past participle: tottered
Gerund: tottering

Imperative
totter
totter
Present
I totter
you totter
he/she/it totters
we totter
you totter
they totter
Preterite
I tottered
you tottered
he/she/it tottered
we tottered
you tottered
they tottered
Present Continuous
I am tottering
you are tottering
he/she/it is tottering
we are tottering
you are tottering
they are tottering
Present Perfect
I have tottered
you have tottered
he/she/it has tottered
we have tottered
you have tottered
they have tottered
Past Continuous
I was tottering
you were tottering
he/she/it was tottering
we were tottering
you were tottering
they were tottering
Past Perfect
I had tottered
you had tottered
he/she/it had tottered
we had tottered
you had tottered
they had tottered
Future
I will totter
you will totter
he/she/it will totter
we will totter
you will totter
they will totter
Future Perfect
I will have tottered
you will have tottered
he/she/it will have tottered
we will have tottered
you will have tottered
they will have tottered
Future Continuous
I will be tottering
you will be tottering
he/she/it will be tottering
we will be tottering
you will be tottering
they will be tottering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tottering
you have been tottering
he/she/it has been tottering
we have been tottering
you have been tottering
they have been tottering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tottering
you will have been tottering
he/she/it will have been tottering
we will have been tottering
you will have been tottering
they will have been tottering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tottering
you had been tottering
he/she/it had been tottering
we had been tottering
you had been tottering
they had been tottering
Conditional
I would totter
you would totter
he/she/it would totter
we would totter
you would totter
they would totter
Past Conditional
I would have tottered
you would have tottered
he/she/it would have tottered
we would have tottered
you would have tottered
they would have tottered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.totter - move without being stable, as if threatening to falltotter - move without being stable, as if threatening to fall; "The drunk man tottered over to our table"
rock, sway, shake - move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
2.totter - walk unsteadilytotter - walk unsteadily; "small children toddle"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
3.totter - move unsteadily, with a rocking motiontotter - move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"

totter

verb
1. stagger, stumble, reel, sway, falter, lurch, wobble, walk unsteadily He tottered to the fridge to get another beer.
2. shake, sway, rock, tremble, quake, shudder, lurch, waver, quiver, vibrate, teeter, judder The balconies begin to tremble and totter in the smoke and fumes.
3. be unstable, falter, be insecure, be shaky, be precarious, be unsteady, be on the point of collapse The property market is tottering.

totter

verb
1. To move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall:
2. To walk unsteadily:
Translations
يَتَمايَل، يَتَرَنَّح
kymácet se
vakle
riîa
grīļotiesļodzītiesstreipuļot
knísať sa

totter

[ˈtɒtəʳ] VI (= stagger) → bambolearse, tambalearse; (= be about to fall) → tambalearse, estar para desplomarse

totter

[ˈtɒtər] vi
(= walk unsteadily) [person, baby] → chanceler
(= be on the point of collapse) [government, market] → chanceler

totter

vi
(= wobble before falling)wanken, schwanken; (= stagger)taumeln, unsicher gehen; (old man, baby)tapsen; (invalid)schwanken, taumeln; to totter about or aroundherumwanken/-taumeln/-tapsen
(fig)schwanken; (economy)kränkeln; the country was tottering on the brink of wardas Land befand sich am Rande eines Krieges

totter

[ˈtɒtəʳ] vi (person) → camminare barcollando, barcollare; (object, government) → vacillare
to totter in/out → entrare/uscire barcollando

totter

(ˈtotə) verb
to move unsteadily as if about to fall. The building tottered and collapsed; He tottered down the road.
References in classic literature ?
As these, again, were surmounted by tall trees, which appeared to totter on the brows of the precipice, it gave the stream the appearance of running through a deep and narrow dell.
He usually keeps his ground just long enough for his own ruin, and is then thrust out, with sinews all unstrung, to totter along the difficult footpath of life as he best may.
For a few days, I said, he seemed regardless of the puny successor to the departed: that coldness melted as fast as snow in April, and ere the tiny thing could stammer a word or totter a step it wielded a despot's sceptre in his heart.
She was, however, only an untrained Yorkshire rustic who had been brought up in a moorland cottage with a swarm of little brothers and sisters who had never dreamed of doing anything but waiting on themselves and on the younger ones who were either babies in arms or just learning to totter about and tumble over things.
The pupils ate apples and put straws down one another's backs, until Mr Wopsle's great-aunt collected her energies, and made an indiscriminate totter at them with a birch-rod.
The next day a passenger with a half-stupefied eye, staggering gait, and disordered hair, was seen to emerge from the second cabin, and to totter to a seat on deck.
The weakness of exhausted passion caused her steps to totter as she descended the pulpit stairs.
I was cold and trembling; I could only totter forward and throw myself on the sofa.
She heard him at last, and, as if overcome by fate, began to totter silently back toward her stuffy little inferno of a cottage.
In the afternoon I had seen his lean knees totter under the captain's fire.
But at the moment he was flying between the double hedge of granite phantoms, these latter, which were no longer supported by the corresponding links, began to roll and totter round our Titan, who looked as if precipitated from heaven amidst rocks which he had just been launching.
He had been used every day to taste the flavor of supremacy and the tribute of complete deference: and the certainty that he was watched or measured with a hidden suspicion of his having some discreditable secret, made his voice totter when he was speaking to edification.