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My voice had a faltering, mournful sound, and there was no answer.

Lucindy began her confession, with eyes down-dropped and a faltering voice.

Boxtel muttered, with a faltering voice; "the thing is impossible."

At last, however, she succeeded in faltering out an explanation.

"'Tis Max, Max Rodenstein," said the lady, with a faltering voice.

With faltering steps, Isaac pushes on, and discerns a house.

The simple, faltering words just spoken had shaken him to the core.

She took one or two faltering steps towards him, hesitating.

He leaned heavily upon her arm and his steps were faltering.

"'The heart knoweth its own bitterness,'" she murmured, in faltering tones.

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.

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