What does waver mean?

Definitions for waver
ˈweɪ vərwa·ver

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word waver.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. waver(noun)

    someone who communicates by waving

  2. hesitation, waver, falter, faltering(noun)

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"

  3. waver, flutter, flicker(verb)

    the act of moving back and forth

  4. hesitate, waver, waffle(verb)

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

  5. falter, waver(verb)

    be unsure or weak

    "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

  6. falter, waver(verb)

    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

  7. fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"

  8. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiver(verb)

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  9. waver, weave(verb)

    sway to and fro

  10. quaver, waver(verb)

    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency


  1. waver(Noun)

    An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.

  2. waver(Noun)

    Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.

  3. waver(Noun)

    Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).

  4. waver(Noun)

    A tool that accomplishes hair waving.

  5. waver(Verb)

    To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

    Flowers wavered in the breeze.

  6. waver(Verb)

    To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.

  7. waver(Verb)

    To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.

  8. waver(Verb)

    To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.

    His voice wavered when the reporter brought up the controversial topic.

  9. waver(Verb)

    To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.

  10. waver(Verb)

    To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.

  11. Origin: From vafra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waver(verb)

    to play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter

  2. Waver(verb)

    to be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate; as, to water in judgment

  3. Waver

    a sapling left standing in a fallen wood

  4. Origin: [From Wave, or Waver, v.]


  1. Waver

    Waver is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Ouder-Amstel, and lies about 13 km south of Amsterdam.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. waver

    A body of troops is said to waver when it becomes unsteady if at the halt, or to hesitate and lose its order if on the march, under the fire of the enemy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waver in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of waver in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles:

    Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.

  2. Keiko Fujimori:

    He feels sorry for them, he's trembling, my hand will not waver! I'm going to be firm with criminals!

  3. Laurence Sterne:

    Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.

  4. Xu Hairong:

    Some waver on clear cut issues of opposing ethnic division and safeguarding ethnic and national unity, and even support participating in violent terrorist acts.

  5. General John Campbell:

    Now more than ever, the United States should not waver on Afghanistan, if we do not make deliberate, measured adjustments, 2016 is at risk of being no better, and possibly worse than 2015.

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  • balancearseSpanish
  • kähertäjä, käherrin, heilunta, huojunta, vilkuttaja, horjunta, liehua, lepattaa, viittoilija, väristä, epäröidä, värinä, epäröinti, huojua, lepatus, liehunta, heilua, täristä, horjuaFinnish
  • waverFrench
  • 揺らぐJapanese
  • sakavoq, angaluppoq, sajuppoq, isumaa oqippoq, aalajavoq, ukamarpoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • wankelen, weifelen, zwaaier, wiegen, flikkeren, schommelen, variëren, beven, twijfelen, wuiver, zwaaien, wuiven, flitsen, schuddenDutch
  • vacilarPortuguese
  • njihati se, teturati se, varirati, treperiti, kolebati se, pokolebati seSerbo-Croatian
  • skälvaSwedish

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