From Middle English balteren, of North Germanic origin, related to Danish baltre, boltre (“to roll, tumble, gambol, romp”).
balter (third-person singular simple present balters, present participle baltering, simple past and past participle baltered)
- (intransitive) To tumble; dance clumsily.
- (intransitive, Britain dialectal) To become tangled or matted.
- (transitive) To tread down in a clumsy manner.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To tangle; clot; mat (as in the hair).