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FALTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does falter mean? 

FALTER (noun)
  The noun FALTER has 1 sense:

1. the act of pausing uncertainly

  Familiarity information: FALTER used as a noun is very rare.


FALTER (verb)
  The verb FALTER has 4 senses:

1. be unsure or weak
2. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
3. walk unsteadily
4. speak haltingly

  Familiarity information: FALTER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FALTER (noun)


Sense 1falter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of pausing uncertainly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

falter; faltering; waver; hesitation

Context example:

there was a hesitation in his speech

Hypernyms ("falter" is a kind of...):

pause (temporary inactivity)


FALTER (verb)


Sense 1falter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be unsure or weak

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

falter; waver

Context example:

Their enthusiasm is faltering

Hypernyms (to "falter" is one way to...):

hesitate; waffle; waver (pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2falter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

falter; waver

Hypernyms (to "falter" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 3falter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Walk unsteadily

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

stumble; bumble; falter

Context example:

The drunk man stumbled about

Hypernyms (to "falter" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue falter


Sense 4falter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak haltingly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

stutter; stammer; bumble; falter

Context example:

The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room

Hypernyms (to "falter" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue falter


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