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English noun: falter

1. falter (act) the act of pausing uncertainly


SamplesThere was a hesitation in his speech.


Synonymsfaltering, hesitation, waver


Broader (hypernym)pause


English verb: falter

1. falter (stative) be unsure or weak


SamplesTheir enthusiasm is faltering.


Synonymswaver


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver

2. falter (motion) move hesitatingly, as if about to give way


Synonymswaver


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move

3. falter (motion) walk unsteadily


SamplesThe drunk man stumbled about.


ExamplesSam and Sue falter


Synonymsbumble, stumble


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)walk

4. falter (communication) speak haltingly


SamplesThe speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room.


ExamplesSam and Sue falter


Synonymsbumble, stammer, stutter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize









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