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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl-ter]
    • /ˈfɔl tər/
    • /ˈfɒl.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl-ter]
    • /ˈfɔl tər/

Definitions of falter word

  • verb without object falter to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship. 1
  • verb without object falter to speak hesitatingly or brokenly. 1
  • verb without object falter to move unsteadily; stumble. 1
  • verb with object falter to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology. 1
  • noun falter the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc. 1
  • noun falter a faltering sound. 1

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Origin of falter

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled with

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Parts of speech for Falter


falter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for falter

verb falter

  • reel — a lively Scottish dance.
  • flounder — to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.
  • hesitate — to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
  • waver — to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.
  • wobble — to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.

noun falter

  • gimp — a limp.
  • lameness — crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
  • limp — to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.

Antonyms for falter

verb falter

  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • stabilize — to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • persist — to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
  • stay — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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