dither


noun

  1. a trembling; vibration.
  2. a state of flustered excitement or fear.

verb (used without object)

  1. to act irresolutely; vacillate.
  2. North England. to tremble with excitement or fear.

verb (intr)

  1. mainly British to be uncertain or indecisive
  2. mainly US to be in an agitated state
  3. to tremble, as with cold

noun

  1. mainly British a state of indecision
  2. a state of agitation
v.

1640s, “to quake, tremble,” phonetic variant of Middle English didderen (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. The sense of “vacillate, be anxious” is from 1819. Related: Dithered; dithering.

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