Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FALTERED

"I think—we've—we've always did our own buttling," she faltered.

But for a second she faltered; if ever quick action were needed, it was now.

Yet he never, in the darkest hour, faltered or hesitated for a moment.

"I—I won't do it again," she faltered, twisting her hands together.

He faltered; a worried and calculating look shadowed his small eyes.

"You told me I was right not to take Mr. Devine's money," she faltered.

At this point Bruno faltered and his face went chalky white.

I bowed very low, faltered some apologies, and backed to the door.

Hugh faltered, and muttered something which was not audible.

As he was shaving that morning, he had faltered in his resolution.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.