What does falter mean?

Definitions for falterˈfɔl tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitation, waver, falter, faltering(verb)

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"

  2. falter, waver(verb)

    be unsure or weak

    "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

  3. falter, waver(verb)

    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

  4. stumble, falter, bumble(verb)

    walk unsteadily

    "The drunk man stumbled about"

  5. bumble, stutter, stammer, falter(verb)

    speak haltingly

    "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"


  1. falter(Noun)


  2. falter(Verb)

    To waver or be unsteady.

  3. falter(Verb)

    To stammer.

  4. falter(Verb)

    To stumble.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Falter(verb)

    to thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley

  2. Falter

    to hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters

  3. Falter

    to tremble; to totter; to be unsteady

  4. Falter

    to hesitate in purpose or action

  5. Falter

    to fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought

  6. Falter(verb)

    to utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner

  7. Falter(verb)

    hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound; as, a slight falter in her voice

  8. Origin: [See Falter, v. i.]


  1. Falter

    Falter is a weekly magazine published in Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1977, it is published weekly on Wednesdays. Since Spring 2005 a local edition has also been published in Styria. The magazine reports from a broadly left-liberal perspective on politics, media, culture and the life. In addition to its original role as a listings magazine of the arts and social life, it has also developed a reputation for investigative journalism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Falter

    fawl′tėr, v.i. to stumble: to fail or stammer in speech: to tremble or totter: to be feeble or irresolute.—n. any unsteadiness.—n. Fal′tering, feebleness, deficiency.—adv. Fal′teringly, in a faltering or hesitating manner. [Prob. a freq. of falden, fold. The conn. with fault, in which the l is late, is untenable.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of falter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of falter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George W. Bush:

    We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

  2. Queen Elizabeth:

    Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.

  3. Jonathan Barratt:

    I think that was the bifurcation point. A lot of OPEC economies were starting to falter.

  4. The Dhammapada:

    As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so wise men falter not amidst blame or praise.

  5. Winston Churchill:

    We shall not fail or falter we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

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