I. intransitive verb (wavered; wavering) Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old English wǣfre restless, wafian to wave with the hands — more at wave Date: 14th century 1. to vacillate irresolutely between choices ; fluctuate in opinion, allegiance, or direction 2. a. to weave or sway unsteadily to and fro ; reel, totter b. quiver, flicker <
wavering flames
c. to hesitate as if about to give way ; falter 3. to give an unsteady sound ; quaver Synonyms: see swing, hesitatewaverer nounwaveringly adverb II. noun Date: 1519 an act of wavering, quivering, or fluttering III. noun Date: 1835 one that waves

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  • waver — vb 1 fluctuate, oscillate, pendulate, vibrate, *swing, sway, undulate Analogous words: flicker, flutter, hover, *flit, flitter: quiver, quaver, tremble, *shake 2 falter, *hesitate, vacillate Analogous words: balk, bogg …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waver — [v] shift back and forth; be indecisive be irresolute, be unable to decide*, blow hot and cold*, change, deliberate, dilly dally*, dither, falter, flicker, fluctuate, halt, hedge, hem and haw*, hesitate, oscillate, palter, pause, pussyfoot… …   New thesaurus

  • waver — ► VERB 1) move quiveringly; flicker. 2) begin to weaken; falter. 3) be indecisive. DERIVATIVES waverer noun wavery adjective. ORIGIN Old Norse, flicker …   English terms dictionary

  • waver — [wā′vər] vi. [ME waveren, freq. of waven, to WAVE] 1. to swing or sway to and fro; flutter 2. to show doubt or indecision; find it hard, or be unable, to decide; vacillate 3. to become unsteady; begin to give way; falter 4. to tremble; quaver:… …   English World dictionary

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  • waver — UK [ˈweɪvə(r)] / US [ˈweɪvər] verb [intransitive] Word forms waver : present tense I/you/we/they waver he/she/it wavers present participle wavering past tense wavered past participle wavered 1) if a person wavers, they are not certain about what… …   English dictionary

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