totter

Part of speech: verb

To waver, as if about to fall; walk unsteadily.

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Usage examples "totter":

  1. That point is one of the boundaries of the Bay of Amalfi; and when it has been rounded one comes ere long to a bridge thrown across the deep gulley of Furore, so named, it is said, from the wild surging of the waves through its rocky hollow in rough weather; and so, passing by many a grotto and overhanging rock, which seems to totter to its fall, one attains at last to the ancient city of Amalfi. - "Naples Past and Present", Arthur H. Norway.
  2. The pupils ate apples and put straws down one another's backs, until Mr. Wopsle's great- aunt collected her energies, and made an indiscriminate totter at them with a birch- rod. - "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens.
  3. As soon as the king was gone La Valliere raised herself from the ground, and stretched out her arms, as if to follow and detain him, but when, having violently closed the door, the sound of his retreating footsteps could be heard in the distance, she had hardly sufficient strength left to totter towards and fall at the foot of her crucifix. - "Louise de la Valliere", Alexandre Dumas, Pere.