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dither

verb [I] uk   /ˈdɪð.ər/ us    // disapproving
to be unable to make a decision about doing something: Stop dithering and choose which one you want! She's still dithering over whether to accept the job she's just been offered.
ditherer
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
dithery
adjective uk   /-i/ us    /-i/ UK
He seems rather dithery but in fact he works very calmly and efficiently.

dither

noun uk   /ˈdɪð.ər/ us    // disapproving
be in a dither about sth to be very nervous, excited, or confused about something: Gideon is in a bit of a dither about what to wear for the interview.
Translations of “dither”
in Chinese (Traditional) 猶豫,躊躇…
in Russian колебаться…
in Turkish kararsızlık yaşamak, tereddüt etmek, karar vermemek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 犹豫,踌躇…
in Polish wahać się…
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