Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “falter”

falter

verb [I] uk   /ˈfɒl.tər/ us    /ˈfɑːl.t̬ɚ/

falter verb [I] (STOP)

to lose strength or purpose and stop, or almost stop: The dinner party conversation faltered for a moment. Her friends never faltered in their belief in her. Nigel's voice faltered and he stopped speaking.

falter verb [I] (ALMOST FALL)

to move awkwardly as if you might fall: The nurse saw him falter and made him lean on her.
faltering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
She took a few faltering steps. This legislation is designed to stimulate the faltering economy.
falteringly
adverb uk   /-ɪŋ.li/ us  
(Definition of falter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of falter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “falter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More