Meaning of “totter” in the English Dictionary

"totter" in British English

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totterverb [ I ]

uk /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.

to shake and move from side to side:

Several tall piles of books tottered and fell.

(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.
tottering
adjective uk /ˈtɒt.ər.ɪŋ/ us /ˈtɑː.t̬ɚ.ɪŋ/

She walked slowly with tottering steps.
It was the last decision of a tottering government.
tottery
adjective uk /ˈtɒt.ər.i/ us /ˈtɑː.t̬ɚ.i/

a tottery old man

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

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totterverb [ I ]

us /ˈtɑt̬·ər/

to move or walk in a way that looks as if you are about to fall:

She tottered down the stairs.

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