Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “falter”

falter

verb [I]
 
 
/ˈfɔːltər/
STOP BEING SUCCESSFUL to stop being confident, powerful, or successful: In the late 1980s his career began to falter.Becoming and making less strongFailing and doing badly
MAKE MISTAKES to pause, make mistakes, or seem weak when you are talking or moving: Her voice didn't falter once during the ceremony. a few faltering steps HesitatingUncertaintyWeakness and vulnerability
(Definition of falter from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “falter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More