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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.

tot•ter•y

(ˈtɒt ə ri)

adj.
tottering; shaky.
[1745–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tottery - unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old agetottery - 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"

tottery

adjective
1. Not physically steady or firm:
Translations

tottery

[ˈtɒtərɪ] ADJ [elderly person] → de paso tambaleante, de paso nada seguro
he's getting totteryempieza a andar con poca seguridad

tottery

adjwack(e)lig; persontatterig; a tottery old manein Tattergreis m (inf)
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Well, when the dark shut down, in the rugged hills, that poor little chap had been tearing around in the saddle all day, and I noticed by the slack knee-pressure that she was tired and tottery, and I got dreadfully afraid; but every time I tried to slow down and let her go to sleep, so I could stop, she hurried me up again; and so, sure enough, at last over she went!
There were several additions of a later date, but above all, three crosses of red ink--two on the north part of the island, one in the southwest--and beside this last, in the same red ink, and in a small, neat hand, very different from the captain's tottery characters, these words: "Bulk of treasure here.
I found him first, a little withered, dried-up old fellow, wrinkled-faced and bleary-eyed and tottery.
In the foreground, in the paddock by the barn, was Mab, full of pretty anxieties for the early spring foal that staggered about her on tottery legs.
His walk was actually tottery as he came down the port side of the cabin.
Then, an Argus rejuvenated, albeit lame of both legs and tottery, he turned his back on the perilous west and limped into the sun-arising, re-birthing east.
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