Thomas was in faltering health and it looked unseemly to downgrade her status.
America needs a strategy to adapt to the faltering strength of its most important and congenial allies.
Models are always a few faltering footsteps away from breaking an ankle (or worse).
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.