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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language

falter

verb
     
fal‧ter
1 [intransitive] to become weaker and unable to continue in an effective way:
The economy is showing signs of faltering.
My mother's grip upon the household never faltered.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to speak in a voice that sounds weak and uncertain, and keeps stopping:
Laurie's voice faltered as she tried to thank him.
'I can't,' she faltered.
3 [intransitive] to become less certain and determined that you want to do something:
We must not falter in our resolve.
4 [intransitive] to stop walking or to walk in an unsteady way because you suddenly feel weak or afraid:
She faltered for a moment.

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