from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To sway as if about to fall.
- intransitive v. To appear about to collapse: an empire that had begun to totter.
- intransitive v. To walk unsteadily or feebly; stagger.
- n. The act or condition of tottering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an unsteady movement or gait
- n. A rag and bone man.
- v. To walk,move or stand unsteadily or falteringly; threatening to fall.
- v. To collect junk or scrap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shake so as to threaten a fall; to vacillate; to be unsteady; to stagger.
- intransitive v. To shake; to reel; to lean; to waver.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stand or walk unsteadily; walk with short vacillating or unsteady steps; be unsteady; stagger.
- To shake, and threaten collapse; become disorganized or structurally weak and seem ready to fall; become unstable and ready to overbalance or give way.
- To dangle at the end of a rope; swing on the gallows.
- Synonyms and
- Stagger, etc. See reel.
- To tremble, rock.
- To shake; impair the stability of; render shaky or unstable.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of tatter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. walk unsteadily
- v. move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
- v. move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
Middle English toteren, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English totren, toteren, from earlier *tolteren (compare English dialectal tolter ("to struggle, flounder"); Scots tolter ("unstable, wonky")), from Old English tealtrian ("to totter, vacillate"), from Proto-Germanic *taltrōnan, *taltōnan (“to sway, dangle, hesitate”), from Proto-Indo-European *del-, *dul- (“to shake, hesitate”). Cognate with Dutch touteren ("to tremble"), North Frisian talt, tolt ("unstable, shaky"). Related to tilt. (Wiktionary)