Meaning of “dither” in the English Dictionary

"dither" in British English

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ditherverb [ I ]

uk /ˈdɪð.ər/ us /ˈdɪð.ɚ/ disapproving
noun [ C ] uk /ˈdɪð.ər.ər/ us /ˈdɪð.ɚ.ɚ/
adjective uk /ˈdɪð.ər.i/ us /ˈdɪð.ɚ.i/ UK

He seems rather dithery but in fact he works very calmly and efficiently.


uk /ˈdɪð.ər/ us /ˈdɪð.ɚ/ disapproving

(Definition of “dither” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dither" in American English

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ditherverb [ I ]

us /ˈdɪð·ər/

to be anxious about something and not be able to decide what to do about it:

Both sides in the dispute continue to dither over who should make the first move.

(Definition of “dither” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)