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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 ?
I knew nothing, saw nothing, merely tottered on in my quest for safety.
Down the opposite side of the street tottered a wretched slave.
"And when your Excellency returns in triumph, I will totter into the porch to welcome you."
Neither of us would have wondered, had a hoop-petticoated phantom of Esther Dudley tottered into the chamber, walking her rounds in the hush of midnight, as of yore, and motioned us to quench the fading embers of the fire, and leave the historic precincts to herself and her kindred shades.
Heathcliff, we have each had a commencement, and each stumbled and tottered on the threshold; had our teachers scorned instead of aiding us, we should stumble and totter yet.'
The large walls of silex tottered and fell upon the sand, and the sand itself, an instrument of pain when launched from its hard bed, riddled the faces with its myriad cutting atoms.
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 walked in slowly, propped by his wife and daughter and tottered into his arm-chair.
She tottered up the steps, clutching feebly at the post before passing into the house.
It seemed hardly the face of a man alive, with such a death-like hue: it was hardly a man with life in him, that tottered on his path so nervously, yet tottered, and did not fall!
He tottered a little more and was very weak, but seemed to have overcome the severity of the attack.