falter

Part of speech: verb

To speak brokenly; act with weakness; waver; totter.

Part of speech: adverb

Falteringly.

Part of speech: verb

To sift.

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Usage examples "falter":

  1. She appeared moved, as, with a slight falter in her voice, scarcely perceptible to any but a lover's ears, she exclaimed, " On no one, but on my own head, rests the blame; and on me let your anger fall. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. Octavius was appalled at the effect of his words; but he dared not falter now- too much was at stake- although fearful of the effect of any further excitement upon the woman before him. - "Flamsted quarries", Mary E. Waller.
  3. I will not say that Janet's voice did not falter sometimes, or that no mist came between the mother's eyes and the grave face on the other side of the table. - "Janet's Love and Service", Margaret M Robertson.