totterer


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totterer - someone who walks unsteadily as if about to falltotterer - someone who walks unsteadily as if about to fall
pedestrian, footer, walker - a person who travels by foot
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