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dith·er

 (dĭth′ər)
n.
A state of indecisive agitation.
intr.v. dith·ered, dith·er·ing, dith·ers
To be nervously irresolute in acting or doing.

[Alteration of didder, from Middle English dideren, to tremble; see diddle2.]
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dither

(ˈdɪðə)
vb (intr)
1. chiefly Brit to be uncertain or indecisive
2. chiefly US to be in an agitated state
3. to tremble, as with cold
n
4. chiefly Brit a state of indecision
5. a state of agitation
[C17: variant of C14 (northern English dialect) didder, of uncertain origin]
ˈditherer n
ˈdithery adj
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dith•er

(ˈdɪð ər)

n.
1. a trembling; vibration.
2. a state of flustered excitement or fear.
v.i.
3. to act irresolutely; vacillate.
[1640–50; <diddere; compare dodder1]
dith′er•er, n.
dith′er•y, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
didder, dither - To didder or dither is to tremble or shake.
See also related terms for tremble.
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dither


Past participle: dithered
Gerund: dithering

Imperative
dither
dither
Present
I dither
you dither
he/she/it dithers
we dither
you dither
they dither
Preterite
I dithered
you dithered
he/she/it dithered
we dithered
you dithered
they dithered
Present Continuous
I am dithering
you are dithering
he/she/it is dithering
we are dithering
you are dithering
they are dithering
Present Perfect
I have dithered
you have dithered
he/she/it has dithered
we have dithered
you have dithered
they have dithered
Past Continuous
I was dithering
you were dithering
he/she/it was dithering
we were dithering
you were dithering
they were dithering
Past Perfect
I had dithered
you had dithered
he/she/it had dithered
we had dithered
you had dithered
they had dithered
Future
I will dither
you will dither
he/she/it will dither
we will dither
you will dither
they will dither
Future Perfect
I will have dithered
you will have dithered
he/she/it will have dithered
we will have dithered
you will have dithered
they will have dithered
Future Continuous
I will be dithering
you will be dithering
he/she/it will be dithering
we will be dithering
you will be dithering
they will be dithering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dithering
you have been dithering
he/she/it has been dithering
we have been dithering
you have been dithering
they have been dithering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dithering
you will have been dithering
he/she/it will have been dithering
we will have been dithering
you will have been dithering
they will have been dithering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dithering
you had been dithering
he/she/it had been dithering
we had been dithering
you had been dithering
they had been dithering
Conditional
I would dither
you would dither
he/she/it would dither
we would dither
you would dither
they would dither
Past Conditional
I would have dithered
you would have dithered
he/she/it would have dithered
we would have dithered
you would have dithered
they would have dithered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dither - an excited state of agitation; "he was in a dither"; "there was a terrible flap about the theft"
agitation - a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
Verb1.dither - act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
fret - be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"
2.dither - make a fuss; be agitated
fret, fuss, niggle - worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
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dither

Chiefly Brit.
verb
1. vacillate, hesitate, waver, haver, falter, hum and haw, faff about (Brit. informal), shillyshally (informal), swither (Scot.) We're still dithering over whether to get married.
vacillate decide, settle, resolve, conclude, make a decision, make up your mind, come to a conclusion, reach or come to a decision
noun
1. flutter, flap (informal), fluster, bother, stew (informal), twitter (informal), tizzy (informal), pother, tiz-woz (informal) I am in such a dither I forget to put the water in.
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dither

noun
A state of discomposure:
Informal: lather, stew.
verb
To be irresolute in acting or doing:
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Translations

dither

[ˈdɪðəʳ]
A. N to be in a dither; be all of a dither (= be nervous) → estar muy nervioso; (= hesitate) → no saber qué hacer, vacilar
B. VI (= be nervous) → estar nervioso; (= hesitate) → no saber qué hacer, vacilar
to dither over a decisionvacilar al tomar una decisión
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

dither

[ˈdɪðər] vihésiter
to dither over sth, to dither about sth → se tâter à propos de qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

dither

n to be all of a dither, to be in a ditherganz aufgeregt or am Rotieren (inf)sein
vizaudern, schwanken; to dither over somethingmit etw zaudern; to dither over how/whether …schwanken, wie/ob …; stop dithering (about) and get on with it!jetzt lass doch dieses ewige Hin und Her und fang endlich mal an!
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dither

[ˈdɪðəʳ] (fam)
1. n to be in a ditheressere in agitazione
2. vititubare
to dither over a decision → tentennare di fronte a una decisione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Voters in the EU elections will have a clear choice of which of the 73 MEPs to vote for, any hardcore remainers can vote for the Liberal Democratic party candidates, ditherers on whether to leave the EU or not can choose a Labour or Conservative candidate and the millions that voted leave the EU can vote for UKIP, the original party of independence.
Albeit, ditherers can opt for investment ISAs and leave the monies in cash for a short period beforehand - at least this way they don't lose their allowance.
(What a hoot.) Because, you see, they were weak and he was such a dominating force of nature, with his sun-kissed hair like a Greek god's, that he could call for a return of Russia to that group of ditherers. There was, as his trade adviser later put it, surely a "special place in hell for Justin Trudeau." Trump himself called the Canadian "very dishonest and weak." (What fun.)
Are you able to access the assistance of an intern?As you may not have full visibility of their work, it can be tempting to think that your seniors do little more than dump their work on you.Would you be quite sure that they are indolent ditherers dozing idly in their ivory towers?
It's time the Australian and his fellow ditherers were made to feel the heat from the rest of us - the fans, their peers, their sponsors and most of all from the Tours at the behest of the game's governing bodies.
If the ditherers upstairs had sacked the inept McClaren earlier and bussed in Benitez it would have been so different.
It is anticipated that an even greater number of festive ditherers will be turning to this handy solution of ordering online and then picking it up themselves, helping to bring buyers back to the high street for those final few days Post Christmas, Boxing Day was once a time of rest and turkey sandwiches.
When it comes to our infrastructure needs, we have become a nation of ditherers. Whether it is airports, high speed rail projects, or exploring for shale gas we seem to be in a state of constant flux, unable to make decisions quickly and adhere to them.
We need a big clear-out of those at the top and a fresh injection of doers, rather than the ditherers who are letting us down.
I put my foot down and my lovely little pal just swooped past the ditherers into the night.
Too many bureaucrats were decision-making ditherers and too many were only too willing to shift the blame to someone else when things went wrong.
It just beggars belief that it has taken a retired MP nudging 80 to knock sense into the ditherers who pretend to run this country.