teeter


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tee·ter

 (tē′tər)
intr.v. tee·tered, tee·ter·ing, tee·ters
1. To move or sway unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
2. To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
3. To be close to or in danger of failure or ruin: The housing market teetered on the edge of collapse.
n. Northeastern US
See seesaw.

[Middle English titeren, probably from Old Norse titra, to shake.]

teeter

(ˈtiːtə)
vb
to move or cause to move unsteadily; wobble
n, vb
another word for seesaw
[C19: from Middle English titeren, related to Old Norse titra to tremble, Old High German zittarōn to shiver]

tee•ter

(ˈti tər)

v.i.
1. to move unsteadily.
2. to waver; fluctuate.
3. to ride a seesaw; teetertotter.
n.
4. a seesaw; teetertotter.
[1835–45; variant of dial. titter, Middle English titeren < Old Norse titra tremble]

teeter


Past participle: teetered
Gerund: teetering

Imperative
teeter
teeter
Present
I teeter
you teeter
he/she/it teeters
we teeter
you teeter
they teeter
Preterite
I teetered
you teetered
he/she/it teetered
we teetered
you teetered
they teetered
Present Continuous
I am teetering
you are teetering
he/she/it is teetering
we are teetering
you are teetering
they are teetering
Present Perfect
I have teetered
you have teetered
he/she/it has teetered
we have teetered
you have teetered
they have teetered
Past Continuous
I was teetering
you were teetering
he/she/it was teetering
we were teetering
you were teetering
they were teetering
Past Perfect
I had teetered
you had teetered
he/she/it had teetered
we had teetered
you had teetered
they had teetered
Future
I will teeter
you will teeter
he/she/it will teeter
we will teeter
you will teeter
they will teeter
Future Perfect
I will have teetered
you will have teetered
he/she/it will have teetered
we will have teetered
you will have teetered
they will have teetered
Future Continuous
I will be teetering
you will be teetering
he/she/it will be teetering
we will be teetering
you will be teetering
they will be teetering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been teetering
you have been teetering
he/she/it has been teetering
we have been teetering
you have been teetering
they have been teetering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been teetering
you will have been teetering
he/she/it will have been teetering
we will have been teetering
you will have been teetering
they will have been teetering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been teetering
you had been teetering
he/she/it had been teetering
we had been teetering
you had been teetering
they had been teetering
Conditional
I would teeter
you would teeter
he/she/it would teeter
we would teeter
you would teeter
they would teeter
Past Conditional
I would have teetered
you would have teetered
he/she/it would have teetered
we would have teetered
you would have teetered
they would have teetered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teeter - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrumteeter - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
Verb1.teeter - move unsteadily, with a rocking motionteeter - 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"

teeter

verb
1. wobble, rock, totter, balance, stagger, sway, tremble, waver, pivot, seesaw He watched the cup teeter on the edge before it fell.
2. waver, wobble, seesaw, veer They are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

teeter

verb
1. To walk unsteadily:
2. To move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall:
Translations

teeter

[ˈtiːtəʳ] VIbambolearse, tambalearse (fig) → vacilar, titubear
to teeter on the edge of a nervous breakdownestar al borde de un ataque nervioso

teeter

[ˈtiːtər] vi
(= be unsteady) [person, object] → vaciller
to teeter on the brink of sth, to teeter on the edge of sth (ruin, civil war, disaster)être au bord de qchteeter totter n (US) jeu de bascule

teeter

vi
(= balance unsteadily)taumeln, schwanken; to teeter on the brink or edge of something (lit)am Rand von etw taumeln; (fig)am Rand von etw sein
(US: = seesaw) → wippen, schaukeln

teeter

[ˈtiːtəʳ] vibarcollare, vacillare
to teeter on the edge or brink of → vacillare sull'orlo di
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