Teetered
Teeter Tee"ter, v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. {Teetered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Teetering}.] [Prov. E. titter to tremble, to seesaw; cf. Icel. titra to tremble, OHG. zittar[=o]n, G. zittern.] To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like, as children do for sport; to seesaw; to titter; to titter-totter. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

[The bobolink] alit upon the flower, and teetered up and down. --H. W. Beecher. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Teeter — Tee ter, v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. {Teetered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Teetering}.] [Prov. E. titter to tremble, to seesaw; cf. Icel. titra to tremble, OHG. zittar[=o]n, G. zittern.] To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Teetering — Teeter Tee ter, v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. {Teetered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Teetering}.] [Prov. E. titter to tremble, to seesaw; cf. Icel. titra to tremble, OHG. zittar[=o]n, G. zittern.] To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • teeter — tee|ter [ˈti:tə US ər] v [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: titter [i] to move unsteadily (14 20 centuries)] 1.) to stand or walk moving from side to side, as if you are going to fall ▪ She teetered along in her high heeled shoes. 2.) be teetering on the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • teeter — verb 1) Daisy teetered toward them Syn: totter, wobble, toddle, sway, stagger, stumble, reel, lurch, pitch 2) the situation teetered between tragedy and farce Syn: seesaw, veer, fluc …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • teeter — UK [ˈtiːtə(r)] / US [ˈtɪtər] verb [intransitive] Word forms teeter : present tense I/you/we/they teeter he/she/it teeters present participle teetering past tense teetered past participle teetered to stand or move in a way that is not steady and… …   English dictionary

  • teeter — I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English titeren to totter, reel; akin to Old High German zittarōn to shiver Date: 1844 1. a. to move unsteadily ; wobble b. waver, vacillate < teetered on the brink of bankruptcy > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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