verb (used without object)
- to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
- to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
- to move unsteadily; stumble.
verb (used with object)
- to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.
- the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
- a faltering sound.
- (intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
- (intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
- to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
- uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
- a quavering or irregular sound
mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask “be burdened, hesitate, be troubled”), or a frequentative of Middle English falden “to fold,” influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.