1. [ verb ] pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
Synonyms: hesitate waffle swiver

: "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures."

Related terms: falter hover hover dwell_on boggle beat_around_the_bush hesitation reluctance waffler waverer doubt
2. [ verb ] move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
Synonyms: vacillate fluctuate

"the line on the monitor vacillated"

Related terms: swing fluctuate variation fluctuation
3. [ verb ] be unsure or weak
Synonyms: falter

"Their enthusiasm is faltering"

Related terms: hesitate waverer
4. [ verb ] move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
Synonyms: falter
Related terms: move
5. [ verb ] give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
Synonyms: quaver
Related terms: voice quaver
6. [ verb ] sway to and fro
Synonyms: weave
Related terms: swing
7. [ noun ] the act of pausing uncertainly
Synonyms: hesitation faltering falter

"there was a hesitation in his speech"

Related terms: pause hesitate falter
8. [ verb ] move back and forth very rapidly, as of a candle
Synonyms: flicker quiver flutter flitter
Related terms: move_back_and_forth
9. [ noun ] someone who communicates by waving
Related terms: communicator brandish
10. [ noun ] the act of moving back and forth
Synonyms: flutter flicker
Related terms: motion flicker falter fluctuate
Similar spelling:   waiver