Definition of Tottering

1. Adjective. Unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age. "A tottery old man"

Exact synonyms: Tottery
Similar to: Unsteady



2. Adjective. (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse. "A tottering empire"
Similar to: Unstable

Definition of Tottering

1. Adjective. Unsteady, precarious or rickety. ¹

2. Adjective. Unstable, insecure or wobbly. ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of totter) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tottering

1. totter [v] - See also: totter

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tottering

totitive
totitives
totiviridae
totivirus
toto caelo
totorve
totread
tots
tottari
totted
tottered
totterer
totterers
tottering (current term)
totteringly
totters
tottery
tottie
tottier
totties
tottiest
totting
tottings
tottle
tottled
tottles
tottling
tottlish

Literary usage of Tottering

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... And crossed themselves for terror's sake, But ere they breathed the fresher air They heard the shriekings of despair, As hurrying, tottering on, ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1849)
"... been erected on the tottering edge of a crater, however well-suited it may be to point an antithesis, or to illustrate the vanity of human pretensions, ..."

3. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott, Sr. (2001)
"... the old blind woman arose, assumed her staff, and, tottering to her hut, entered it and closed the door, leaving Ravenswood to his own reflections. ..."

4. John L. Stoddard's Lectures by John Lawson Stoddard (1897)
"Some of the ladies then tottering toward the river, more dead than alive, had danced at balls given at his residence. The officers, too, had drunk champagne ..."

5. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"... tottering with the feet. Totty-headed (popular), slow to understand. English provincial tot, a ,fool, ie, one with little brains; Suffolk dialect, ..."

6. The Church History of Britain: From the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, John Sherren Brewer (1845)
"... the abbots' old mitres upon their heads ; and monasteries, tottering at this time, were (thank a politic archbishop) re- fixed on the firm foundations, ..."

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