hesitantly hesitantly  /ˈhɛ zɪ tənt li/


  • (adv) with hesitation; in a hesitant manner


  1. The man by the pillar smiles hesitantly at Fifi.
  2. The man shook my hand hesitantly and told me his name.
  3. Cory walked to the side of the bar and hesitantly made my drink.


  • Mount Vernon grabs improbable soccer title

    Lucas Belanger stood stock-still on the goal line, trying not to contemplate the surreal images swirling in front of him. He watched an opponent advance hesitantly forward, as if in slow motion, to a spot precisely 12 yards in front of him.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Fairfax County Times


  1. "He's a player who knows how to win games," Schuster said. "He started hesitantly but after he got his first goal, he was outstanding, playing with much more confidence."
    on Oct 24, 2007 By: Bernd Schuster Source: SkySports

  2. "Babe of Bethlehem, Prophet of peace, encourage attempts to promote dialogue and reconciliation, sustain the efforts to build peace, which hesitantly, yet not without hope, are being made to bring about a more tranquil present and future for so many...
    on Dec 24, 2004 By: Pope John Paul II Source: USA Today

  3. At a speech Greenspan gave Georgetown's law school, Greenspan said, "Trust will eventually reemerge as investors dip hesitantly back into the marketplace. From that point, history tells us, financial and economic revival sets in. I suspect it will...
    on Oct 2, 2008 By: Alan Greenspan Source: StreetInsider.com (subscription)

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