Definition of "falter" []

  • To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver. See Synonyms at hesitate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak hesitatingly; stammer. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move ineptly or haltingly; stumble. (verb-intransitive)
  • To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness: The automobile engine faltered. (verb-intransitive)
  • Unsteadiness in speech or action. (noun)
  • To be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble (verb)
  • To utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer (verb)
  • Uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action (noun)
  • A quavering or irregular sound (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "falter" in a sentence
  • "Two quarterbacks, three sacks, four plays, and I'm wondering, does Tice think the word falter'' applies. real_rick at 10:16 PM August 15, 2011"
  • "Instead, our knee-jerk reactions to the anxiety we experience when our relationships falter is to give up on the challenges of intimacy before we really know what is next."
  • "After two weeks, Iron Man 2 will falter from the top spot to make room for the fourth Shrek film, which should have a huge weekend."