Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: tottering
IPA transcription: [t'ɑtɚɪŋ]
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: tottering, tottery
    Meaning: unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age; "a tottering skeleton of a horse"; "a tottery old man"
Usage examples
  • He assumed a tottering bravado, and as he put his hand to the lever, he smiled crookedly.
  • He came a few tottering steps forward, then pitched across the table, sliding off onto the floor.
  • The old absolutist system of government was fast breaking up, and ancient thrones were tottering.
  • Dark figures were crossing and recrossing each other on this tottering gangway, and in the shadow some people were embarking.
  • Some say that the axe is laid to the root of it just now, and that it is already tottering to its fall: while others say that it is growing stronger than ever, and ready to spread its upas-shade over the whole earth.
  • My goodness, me! disturbing my house with such a crazy errand!" And, taking old Ketch by the shoulders, who was rather feeble and tottering, from lumbago and age, Mrs. Jenkins politely marshalled him outside, and closed the door upon him.
  • Weak and trembling from passion, Major Flint found that after a few tottering steps in the direction of Tilling he would be totally unable to get there unless fortified by some strong stimulant, and turned back to the club-house to obtain it.
  • He had been a riotous, roystering puppy, mad with the joy of life, when she was already a tottering, hobbling dame; now he was just a blind, breathing carcase, nothing more, and she still worked with frail energy, still swept and baked and washed, fetched and carried.
  • But the next moment he was tottering, blanched and helpless, and while struggling to right himself and escape, yielded more and more to a sudden weakness sapping his life-vigor, till he fell prone and apparently lifeless on the lounge toward which, with a final effort, he had thrown himself.
  • By the dim light of an accidental lamp, tall, antique, worm-eaten, wooden tenements were seen tottering to their fall, in directions so many and capricious that scarce the semblance of a passage was discernible between them. The paving-stones lay at random, displaced from their beds by the rankly-growing grass.