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

Definitions of falteringly word

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

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Origin of falteringly

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 Falteringly


falteringly 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.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

falteringly usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for falteringly

adv falteringly

  • carefully — cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.
  • shyly — bashful; retiring.

adverb falteringly

  • hesitantly — hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
  • timidly — lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
  • insecurely — subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured: an insecure person.
  • uncertainly — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • gingerly — with great care or caution; warily.

Antonyms for falteringly

adverb falteringly

  • confidently — having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

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