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Definition of "teeter" [tee•ter]

  • To walk or move unsteadily or unsurely; totter. (verb-intransitive)
  • To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To seesaw. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to teeter or seesaw. (verb-transitive)
  • Northeastern U.S. See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter. (noun)

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.

Use "teeter" in a sentence
  • "More simply put is what I call the teeter-totter principle."
  • "So, we're a pleasure to have them going around the country and performing their cultural dance and in the circus they do a performance called the teeter-board, which is like a sliding board, or what we say, a see-saw act."
  • "` ` The score was kind of teeter-tottering back and forth, but when we needed the big defensive plays, we got them. ''"