Definition of totter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    totter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they totter
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtər//
     
    he / she / it totters
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtərz//
     
    past simple tottered
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtərd//
     
    past participle tottered
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtərd//
     
    -ing form tottering
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːtərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to walk or move with weak unsteady steps, especially because you are drunk or ill/sick synonym stagger She managed to totter back to her seat.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be weak and seem likely to fall the tottering walls of the castle (figurative) a tottering dictatorship
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Middle Dutch touteren ‘to swing’ (the original sense in English).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: totter

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