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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 faltered word

  • verb without object faltered 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 faltered to speak hesitatingly or brokenly. 1
  • verb without object faltered to move unsteadily; stumble. 1
  • verb with object faltered to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology. 1
  • noun faltered the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc. 1
  • noun faltered a faltering sound. 1

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Origin of faltered

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 Faltered


faltered 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 faltered

verb faltered

  • hesitated — to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
  • paused — a temporary stop or rest, especially in speech or action: a short pause after each stroke of the oar.
  • stumbled — to strike the foot against something, as in walking or running, so as to stagger or fall; trip.
  • floundered — to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.
  • reeled — an act of reeling; a reeling or staggering movement.

noun faltered

  • gimped — a limp.
  • limped — to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.

Antonyms for faltered

verb faltered

  • continued — continuing; not having stopped
  • calmed — Simple past tense and past participle of calm.
  • held — simple past tense and a past participle of hold1 .
  • remained — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • stayed — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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