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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wey-ver]
    • /ˈweɪ vər/
    • /ˈweɪ.vər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wey-ver]
    • /ˈweɪ vər/

Definitions of wavering word

  • verb without object wavering to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze. 1
  • verb without object wavering to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam wavered and then disappeared. 1
  • verb without object wavering become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: When she heard the news her courage wavered. 1
  • verb without object wavering to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice: Her voice wavered. 1
  • verb without object wavering to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: He wavered in his determination. 1
  • verb without object wavering (of things) to fluctuate or vary: Prices wavered. 1

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Origin of wavering

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal German wabern to move about, Old Norse vafra to toddle

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Parts of speech for Wavering


wavering popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% 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 wavering

adjective wavering

  • indecisive — characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • undecided — not decided or determined.
  • vacillating — not resolute; wavering; indecisive; hesitating: an ineffectual, vacillating person.
  • uncommitted — not committed, especially not pledged or bound to a specific cause, candidate, or course of action: uncommitted delegates; uncommitted reserves.

noun wavering

  • fluctuation — continual change from one point or condition to another.
  • vacillation — an act or instance of vacillating.
  • indecisiveness — characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
  • irresolution — lack of resolution; lack of decision or purpose; vacillation.
  • uncertainty — the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy: His uncertainty gave impetus to his inquiry.

Antonyms for wavering

adjective wavering

  • decisive — If a fact, action, or event is decisive, it makes it certain that there will be a particular result.
  • unchanging — to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history.

noun wavering

  • resolution — a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.

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