Etymology
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falter (v.)

late 14c., "to stagger, totter," of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or else a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault (but OED rejects any direct connection to that word). Of the tongue, "to stammer," mid-15c. Related: Faltered; faltering.

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Definitions of falter
1
falter (v.)
be unsure or weak;
Their enthusiasm is faltering
Synonyms: waver
falter (v.)
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way;
Synonyms: waver
falter (v.)
walk unsteadily;
Synonyms: stumble / bumble
falter (v.)
speak haltingly;
The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room
Synonyms: bumble / stutter / stammer
2
falter (n.)
the act of pausing uncertainly;
Synonyms: hesitation / waver / faltering
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