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Definition of "totter" [tot•ter]

  • To sway as if about to fall. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear about to collapse: an empire that had begun to totter. (verb-intransitive)
  • To walk unsteadily or feebly; stagger. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act or condition of tottering. (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 "totter" in a sentence
  • "But the fact of the matter is, that the Democrats on this sort of teeter totter, that is politics, when the Democrats go up, Republicans go down and vice versa."
  • "Sancie! he can just walk -- a kind of totter from my knees to Cuthbert's -- and then so proud of himself!"
  • "The moment the sick man could "totter" out of his room, he found his way to her whom he had abjured, and who was in Paris calmly awaiting his return to her."