totter

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English totren, toteren, from earlier *tolteren (compare English dialectal tolter (to struggle, flounder); Scots tolter (unstable, wonky)), from Old English tealtrian (to totter, vacillate), from Proto-Germanic *taltrōną, *taltōną (to sway, dangle, hesitate), from Proto-Indo-European *del-, *dul- (to shake, hesitate). Cognate with Dutch touteren (to tremble), North Frisian talt, tolt (unstable, shaky). Related to tilt.

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totter (plural totters)

  1. an unsteady movement or gait
  2. (archaic) A rag and bone man.

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totter (third-person singular simple present totters, present participle tottering, simple past and past participle tottered)

  1. To walk,move or stand unsteadily or falteringly; threatening to fall.
    The baby tottered from the table to the chair.
    The old man tottered out of the pub into the street.
    The car tottered on the edge of the cliff.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To collect junk or scrap.

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