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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language

totter

verb
     
tot‧ter [intransitive]
1 to walk or move unsteadily from side to side as if you are going to fall over:
Lorrimer swayed a little, tottered, and fell.
2 if a political system or organization totters, it becomes less strong and is likely to stop working

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