Meaning of “falter” in the English Dictionary

"falter" in British English

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falterverb [ I ]

uk /ˈfɒl.tər/ us /ˈfɑːl.tɚ/
faltering
adjective uk /ˈfɒl.tər.ɪŋ/ us /ˈfɑːl.tɚ.ɪŋ/

She took a few faltering steps.
This legislation is designed to stimulate the faltering economy.
falteringly
adverb uk /ˈfɒl.tər.ɪŋ.li/ us /ˈfɑːl.tɚ.ɪŋ.li/

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

"falter" in American English

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falterverb [ I ]

us /ˈfɔl·tər/

to lose strength or purpose and pause or stop:

His career began to falter.

To falter is also to move or speak without confidence or with pauses.

faltering
adjective us /ˈfɔl·tər·ɪŋ/

faltering speech

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