What does waver mean?

Definitions for waver
ˈweɪ vərwa·ver

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word waver.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wavernoun

    someone who communicates by waving

  2. hesitation, waver, falter, falteringnoun

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"

  3. waver, flutter, flickerverb

    the act of moving back and forth

  4. hesitate, waver, waffleverb

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

  5. falter, waververb

    be unsure or weak

    "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

  6. falter, waververb

    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

  7. fluctuate, vacillate, waververb

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"

  8. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiververb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  9. waver, weaveverb

    sway to and fro

  10. quaver, waververb

    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency


  1. wavernoun

    An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.

  2. wavernoun

    Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.

  3. wavernoun

    Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).

  4. wavernoun

    A tool that accomplishes hair waving.

  5. waververb

    To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

    Flowers wavered in the breeze.

  6. waververb

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

  7. waververb

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

  8. waververb

    To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.

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

  9. waververb

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

  10. waververb

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

  11. Etymology: From vafra.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Waververb

    Etymology: wafian , Saxon.

    I took two triangular glasses, and one of them being kept fixt in the same posture, that the Iris it projected on the floor might not waver, I cast on the same floor another Iris, with another prism, moving it to and fro. Boyle.

    The whitening shower descends,
    At first then wavering. James Thomson, Winter.

    In which amazement, when the miscreant
    Perceived him to waver, weak and frail,
    Whilst trembling horror did his conscience daunt,
    And hellish anguish did his soul assail. Fairy Queen.

    Remember where we are;
    In France, among a fickle, wavering nation. William Shakespeare.

    Thou almost mak’st me waver in my faith,
    To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
    That souls of animals infuse themselves
    Into the trunks of men. William Shakespeare.

    Hold fast the faith without wavering. Heb. x.

    The wav’ring faith of people vain and light. Daniel.

    Faith as absolutely determines our minds, and as perfectly excludes all wavering, as our knowledge itself; and we may as well doubt of our own being, as we can, whether any revelation from God be true. John Locke.

    What if Hospinian should have said, that Luther waver’d in the point of the sacrament? does it follow that he really did so? Francis Atterbury.

    They, who at this distance from the first rise of the gospel, after weighing the several evidences of it, waver in their faith, would have waver’d, though they had seen the first promulgers work wonders. Francis Atterbury.


  1. waver

    To waver means to fluctuate or swing between different states or options; to show doubt or indecision; or to become unsteady or unreliable. It can also refer to quivering or trembling in sound, light, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waververb

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

  2. Waververb

    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. Etymology: [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. Waver

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WAVER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Waver is ranked #79598 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Waver surname appeared 239 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Waver.

    53.9% or 129 total occurrences were White.
    39.3% or 94 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Erik Pevernagie:

    When word-mongering and showboating becomes too maddening, everything may blow up in the face and the mirror will not waver to bite back. ( "The day the mirror was talking back" )

  3. 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.

  4. Patrick Leahy:

    I consider holding the office of the president pro tempore and the responsibilities that come with it to be one of the highest honors and most serious responsibilities of my career, when I preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, I will not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws.

  5. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    Abu Sayyaf was involved in ISIL's military operations and helped direct the terrorist organization's illicit oil, gas and financial operations as well, the operation represents another significant blow to ISIL, and it is a reminder that the United States will never waver in denying safe haven to terrorists who threaten our citizens, and those of our friends and allies.

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

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