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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·er n.
tot′ter·y adj.


(ˈtɒt ə ri)

tottering; shaky.
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"


1. Not physically steady or firm:


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


adjwack(e)lig; persontatterig; a tottery old manein Tattergreis m (inf)
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