falter falter  /ˈfɔl tər/


  1. (n) the act of pausing uncertainly
  2. (v) be unsure or weak
  3. (v) move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
  4. (v) walk unsteadily
  5. (v) speak haltingly

Derived Word(s)


  1. The shotgun marriage between Zimbabwe's government and opposition was never going to be easy, but it could falter at the first hurdle.
  2. Over the last few days, the Obama campaign has watched their poll numbers falter and decided to lash out with personal attacks against Senator McCain and Governor Palin.
  3. Depleted squads; the general level of play noticeably weakened; and standings shaken up as teams surge or falter as a result of the exodus of so many star performers.


  1. China Slowdown Affects Auto Sales

    China's economy seems to falter mainly with respect to exports
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Zacks via Yahoo! Finance

  2. US Dollar, S&P 500 Falter Anew at Technical Resistance Levels

    US Dollar, S&P 500 Falter Anew at Technical Resistance Levels
    on June 12, 2013     Source: DailyFX via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Dish-Sprint Talks Said to Falter in Part Over Breakup-Fee Issue

    Dish Network Corp. (DISH) ’s merger talks with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) faltered in part over Sprint demanding a $3 billion breakup fee in case the deal didn’t win regulatory approval, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  • "We worked exceptionally hard to restore growth; we cannot let it falter or lose strength now," he said.
    on Jun 19, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Toronto Star

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