I. intransitive verb (dithered; dithering) Etymology: Middle English didderen Date: 15th century 1. shiver, tremble 2. to act nervously or indecisively ; vacillateditherer noun II. noun Date: 1819 a highly nervous, excited, or agitated state ; excitement, confusiondithery adjective

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  • dither — 1640s, to quake, tremble, phonetic variant of M.E. didderen (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. The sense of vacillate, be anxious is from 1819. Related: Dithered; dithering …   Etymology dictionary

  • dither — vb *shake, tremble, quake, quiver, shiver, quaver, wobble, teeter, shimmy, shudder, totter …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dither — ► VERB ▪ be indecisive. ► NOUN informal 1) indecisive behaviour. 2) a state of agitation. DERIVATIVES ditherer noun dithery adjective. ORIGIN variant of dialect didder; related to …   English terms dictionary

  • dither — [dith′ər] vi. [ME dideren, prob. akin to daderen, DODDER1] 1. to be nervously excited or confused 2. to be indecisive; vacillate, waver, etc. n. a nervously excited or confused condition dithering adj. dithery …   English World dictionary

  • Dither — For other uses, see Dither (disambiguation). Provincial definition of to dither from The Rural Economy of Yorkshire: Comprizing the Management of Landed Estates, and the Present Practice of Husbandry in the Agricultural Districts of that County,… …   Wikipedia

  • dither — I UK [ˈdɪðə(r)] / US [ˈdɪðər] verb [intransitive] Word forms dither : present tense I/you/we/they dither he/she/it dithers present participle dithering past tense dithered past participle dithered showing disapproval to be unable to make a… …   English dictionary

  • dither — [“dida* ] n. a state of confusion. (See also in a dither.) □ A dither like that is hard to break out of. Maybe a good night’s sleep would help. □ I’m too far gone with this dither to sleep …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dither — dith|er1 [ dıðər ] verb intransitive to be unable to make a decision about something: She was dithering about what to wear. ╾ dith|er|er noun count dither dith|er 2 [ dıðər ] noun be (all) in a dither INFORMAL to be nervous or excited and unable… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dither — dith|er [ˈdıðə US ər] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: didder [i] to shake (14 19 centuries)] to keep being unable to make a final decision about something dither over/about/between ▪ He accused the government of dithering over the deal. ▪ Stop… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dither — 1 verb (I) to not do something because you are unable to decide what to do: Stop dithering, Linda, and get on with it! ditherer noun (C) 2 noun be (all) in a dither BrE informal to be nervous and confused because you cannot decide what to do …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dither — drebėjimas statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. dither; jitter; wow flutter vok. Wackeln, n; Zitterbewegung, f; Zittern, n rus. дрожание, n pranc. gigue, f …   Automatikos terminų žodynas

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