adjective Date: 1534 1. a. being in an unstable condition <
a tottering building
b. walking unsteadily 2. lacking firmness or stability ; insecure <
a tottering regime
totteringly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tottering — totteringly, adv. /tot euhr ing/, adj. 1. walking unsteadily or shakily. 2. lacking security or stability; threatening to collapse; precarious: a tottering empire. [TOTTER + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

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  • tottering — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Not physically steady or firm: precarious, rickety, shaky, tottery, unstable, unsteady, wobbly. See FLEXIBLE. 2. Lacking stability: infirm, insecure, precarious, shaky, tottery, unstable, unsteady, unsure, weak …   English dictionary for students

  • tottering — tot·ter || tÉ‘tÉ™(r) / tÉ’t v. stagger, wobble, tremble, sway …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tottering — adjective (of a building) shake or rock as if about to collapse. → totter …   English new terms dictionary

  • tottering — tot•ter•ing [[t]ˈtɒt ər ɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) walking unsteadily or shakily 2) lacking security or stability; threatening to collapse tot′ter•ing•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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