totter

  • 1 Totter — Tot ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tottered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tottering}.] [Probably for older tolter; cf. AS. tealtrian to totter, vacillate. Cf.{Tilt} to incline, {Toddle}, {Tottle}, {Totty}.] 1. To shake so as to threaten a fall; to vacillate; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 totter — index vacillate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 totter — (v.) c.1200, swing to and fro, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (Cf. dialectal Norw. totra to quiver, shake ). Meaning stand or walk with shaky, unsteady steps is from c.1600. Related: Tottered; tottering …

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  • 4 totter — 1 *shake, tremble, quake, quaver, quiver, shiver, shudder, wobble, teeter, shimmy, dither Analogous words: rock, agitate, *shake, convulse: sway, *swing, fluctuate, oscillate, waver 2 *reel, stagger, whirl Analogous words: * …

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  • 5 totter — [v] move falteringly blunder, careen, dodder, falter, flounder, hesitate, lurch, quake, quiver, reel, rock, roll, seesaw, shake, shimmy, slide, slip, stagger, stammer, stumble, sway, teeter, topple, tremble, trip, walk unsteadily, waver, weave,… …

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  • 6 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

  • 7 totter — [tät′ər] vi. [ME toteren, prob. < Scand, as in Norw dial. totra, to quiver, shake] 1. a) to rock or shake as if about to fall; be unsteady b) to be on the point of failure or collapse 2. to be unsteady on one s feet; stagger n. an unsteady… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 totter — Synonyms and related words: age, alternate, amble, back and fill, barge, blunder, bowl along, break down, bundle, capsize, careen, career, cave in, change, cheat the undertaker, claudicate, clump, collapse, come a cropper, cower, crawl, creep,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 9 totter — UK [ˈtɒtə(r)] / US [ˈtɑtər] verb [intransitive] Word forms totter : present tense I/you/we/they totter he/she/it totters present participle tottering past tense tottered past participle tottered 1) to stand or move in a way that is not steady… …

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  • 10 totter — totterer, n. /tot euhr/, v.i. 1. to walk or go with faltering steps, as if from extreme weakness. 2. to sway or rock on the base or ground, as if about to fall: The tower seemed to totter in the wind. The government was tottering. 3. to shake or… …

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  • 11 totter — 1. noun /ˈtɒtə,ˈtɑːtɚ/ a) an unsteady movement or gait b) A rag and bone man. 2. verb /ˈtɒtə,ˈtɑːtɚ/ a) To walk,move or …

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  • 12 totter — verb 1) arm in arm, they tottered across the lawn Syn: teeter, dodder, walk unsteadily, stagger, wobble, stumble, shuffle, shamble, toddle; reel, sway, roll, lurch 2) the foundations began to heave and totter …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 totter — šiukšlių valytojas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Fizinis ar juridinis asmuo, prižiūrintis aplinką, kad ji būtų švari. Surenka ir išveža šiukšles (atliekas). atitikmenys: angl. refuse picker; seavenger; totter vok.… …

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  • 14 totter — I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English toteren Date: 15th century 1. a. to tremble or rock as if about to fall ; sway b. to become unstable ; threaten to collapse 2. to move unsteadily ; stagger, wobble …

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  • 15 totter — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. shake, tremble, rock, reel, waver; falter, stumble, stagger. See oscillation, weakness. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To be near falling] Syn. shake, rock, careen, lurch, quake, tremble, seesaw, teeter,… …

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  • 16 totter — tot|ter [ˈtɔtə US ˈta:tər] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Perhaps from a [i]Scandinavian language] 1.) to walk or move unsteadily from side to side as if you are going to fall over ▪ Lorrimer swayed a little, tottered, and fell. 2.) if a political… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 totter — tot|ter [ tatər ] verb intransitive 1. ) to stand or move in a way that is not steady: Jane tottered away on her high heels. 2. ) if a system or process totters, it becomes weak and looks as if it will soon stop or be destroyed: The peace talks… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 totter — [[t]tɒ̱tə(r)[/t]] totters, tottering, tottered 1) VERB If someone totters somewhere, they walk there in an unsteady way, for example because they are ill or drunk. [V prep/adv] He tottered to the fridge, got a beer and slumped at the table... [V… …

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  • 19 totter — tot·ter || tÉ‘tÉ™(r) / tÉ’t v. stagger, wobble, tremble, sway …

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  • 20 totter — verb 1》 move in an unsteady way. 2》 [usu. as adjective tottering] (of a building) shake or rock as if about to collapse. 3》 be insecure or about to fail. noun a tottering gait. Derivatives totterer noun tottery adjective Origin ME: from MDu.… …

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