verb (used without object)

  1. to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
  2. to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
  3. to move unsteadily; stumble.

verb (used with object)

  1. to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.


  1. the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
  2. a faltering sound.


  1. (intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
  2. (intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
  3. to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer


  1. uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
  2. 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.

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