AskDefine | Define falter

Dictionary Definition

falter n : the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech" [syn: hesitation, waver, faltering]


1 be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering" [syn: waver]
2 move hesitatingly, as if about to give way [syn: waver]
3 walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about" [syn: stumble, bumble]
4 speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room" [syn: bumble, stutter, stammer]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Falter




  1. To waver or be unsteady.
  2. To stammer.
  3. To stumble.

Extensive Definition

Falter (Butterfly) is a weekly magazine published in Vienna, Austria.
Founded in 1977, it is published weekly on Wednesdays. Since Spring 2005 a local edition has also been published in Styria. The magazine reports from a broadly left-liberal perspective on politics, media, culture and the life. In addition to its original role as a listings magazine of the arts and social life, it has also developed a reputation for investigative journalism.


falter in German: Falter (Wochenzeitung)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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