Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: falter
IPA transcription: [f'ɔltɚ]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: hesitation, waver, falter, faltering
    Meaning: the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: falter, waver
    Meaning: be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
  • Synonyms: falter, waver
    Meaning: move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
  • Synonyms: stumble, falter, bumble
    Meaning: walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about"
  • Synonyms: bumble, stutter, stammer, falter
    Meaning: speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
Usage examples
  • But she did not falter; and very systematically she set about making her plans.
  • He knew no such word as falter, and when he had once put his hand to a piece of work, he did it thoroughly and with all his heart.
  • These severe requirements were staggering, but Mr. Edison's courage did not falter. Although it seemed a well-nigh hopeless task, he entered upon the investigation with his usual optimism and vim.
  • The secretary's eye did not falter, nor his figure lose an inch of its height, yet the impression made by his look and attitude were not the same; the fire had gone out of them; a blight had struck his soul--the flush of his triumph was gone.
  • And as each body spent out of its ebbing store Of strength and hope, I felt the forward thrust, At first so sure, Fail in its rhythm, Falter slow, And slower-- Hang an endless moment-- Till in a rush came fear-- Fear of the sea, that it might win again, Gathering one crew more, Making them pay in vain.