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English definition of “totter”

totter

verb [I]     /ˈtɒt.ər/ US  /ˈtɑː.t̬ɚ/
to walk with difficulty in a way that looks as if you are about to fall: She tottered unsteadily down the stairs in her high-heeled shoes. → Compare stagger verb, teeterMoving unsteadily or with difficulty to shake and move from side to side: Several tall piles of books tottered and fell.Shaking, swinging and vibratingMoving unsteadily or with difficulty (of a company, government, etc.) to become weaker and less likely to carry on existing: The industry has tottered from crisis to crisis now for two years.Becoming and making less strong tottering     /-ɪŋ/ adjective She walked slowly with tottering steps. It was the last decision of a tottering government.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty tottery     /-i/ adjective a tottery old manWeakness and vulnerability
(Definition of totter verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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