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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 faltering word

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

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Origin of faltering

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 Faltering


faltering 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 faltering

adjective faltering

  • hesitant — hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
  • tentative — of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt; experimental: a tentative report on her findings.
  • halting — Archaic. lame; limping.
  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • broken — Broken is the past participle of break.

noun faltering

  • agnosticism — Agnosticism is the belief that it is not possible to say definitely whether or not there is a God. Compare atheism.
  • irresolution — lack of resolution; lack of decision or purpose; vacillation.
  • dithering — a trembling; vibration.
  • indecisiveness — characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
  • to-and-fro — back-and-forth: to-and-fro motion.

Antonyms for faltering

adjective faltering

  • stiff-necked — having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
  • certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
  • unfaltering — to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
  • questionless — unquestionable; doubtless: a questionless fact.
  • on the mend — to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.

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