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See also: Falter
Middle English falteren (“to stagger”), probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse faltrast (“be encumbered”)) or from a Middle English frequentative of falden, folden (“to fold”). More at fold.
- To waver or be unsteady.
- (transitive, intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
- To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
- To stumble.
- (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
- To hesitate in purpose or action.
- To cleanse or sift, as barley.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
To waver or be unsteady
To stammer — see stammer