halting
adjective Date: 1585 marked by a lack of sureness or effectiveness <
spoke in a halting manner
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haltingly adverb

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  • halting — index broken (interrupted) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • halting — (n.) act of limping or walking lamely, early 14c., from prp. of HALT (Cf. halt) (v.). Related: Haltingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • halting — [adj] hesitant awkward, bumbling, clumsy, doubtful, faltering, gauche, imperfect, indecisive, inept, irresolute, labored, limping, lumbering, maladroit, slow, stammering, stumbling, stuttering, tentative, uncertain, unhandy, vacillating,… …   New thesaurus

  • halting — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slow and hesitant. DERIVATIVES haltingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • halting — [[t]hɔ͟ːltɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you speak or do something in a halting way, you speak or do it slowly and with a lot of hesitation, usually because you are uncertain about what to say or do next. In a halting voice she said that she wished to… …   English dictionary

  • halting — adjective 1) a halting conversation halting English Syn: hesitant, faltering, hesitating, stumbling, stammering, stuttering; broken, imperfect Ant: fluent 2) his halting gait …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • halting — halt|ing [ˈho:ltıŋ US ˈho:l ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: halt to walk with difficulty , from Old English healtian] if your speech or movements are halting, you stop for a moment between words or movements, especially because you are not… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • halting — adjective if your speech or movements are halting, you stop for a moment between words or movements, especially because you are not confident: We carried on a halting conversation in our imperfect German. haltingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • halting — adjective 1. disabled in the feet or legs a crippled soldier a game leg • Syn: ↑crippled, ↑halt, ↑lame, ↑gimpy, ↑game • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Halting — Halt Halt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Halted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Halting}.] 1. To hold one s self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still. [1913 Webster] 2. To stand in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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