tottery
adjective Date: circa 1755 of an infirm or precarious nature

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  • Tottery — Tot ter*y, a. Trembling or vaccilating, as if about to fall; unsteady; shaking. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tottery — (adj.) 1861, from TOTTER (Cf. totter) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tottery — totter ► VERB 1) move in an unsteady way. 2) shake or rock as if about to collapse. 3) be insecure or on the point of failure. ► NOUN ▪ a tottering gait. DERIVATIVES tottery adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • tottery — adjective unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age a tottering skeleton of a horse a tottery old man • Syn: ↑tottering • Similar to: ↑unsteady …   Useful english dictionary

  • tottery — /tot euh ree/, adj. tottering; shaky. [1745 55; TOTTER + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • tottery — Synonyms and related words: anile, battered, beat up, beaten up, broken down, crabbed, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, dilapidated, doddered, doddering, doddery, doubtful, dubious, feeble, fossilized, gerontal, gerontic, groggy, in ruins, infirm …   Moby Thesaurus

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

  • tottery — adj. unsteady; weak …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tottery — tot·tery …   English syllables

  • tottery — tot•ter•y [[t]ˈtɒt ə ri[/t]] adj. tottering; shaky • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

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