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Related to tottering: Swag-bellied
intr.v. tot·tered, tot·ter·ing, tot·ters
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.
The act or condition of tottering.
[Middle English toteren, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
tot•ter•ing(ˈtɒt ər ɪŋ)
1. walking unsteadily or shakily.
2. lacking security or stability; threatening to collapse.
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|Adj.||1.||tottering - unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age; "a tottering skeleton of a horse"; "a tottery old man"|
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
|2.||tottering - (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse; "a tottering empire"|
unstable - lacking stability or fixity or firmness; "unstable political conditions"; "the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind"; "an unstable world economy"