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halting

[hawl-ting] /ˈhɔl tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
faltering or hesitating, especially in speech.
2.
faulty or imperfect.
3.
limping or lame:
a halting gait.
Origin of halting
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see halt2, -ing2
Related forms
haltingly, adverb
haltingness, noun
unhalting, adjective
unhaltingly, adverb
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  • He began to speak, slowly and haltingly at first, then more rapidly.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • "I assure you I have no intention of prying," said Cameron haltingly.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • And haltingly at first, but with growing ability as he learned the pattern, he found he could ride along on that telepathic beam.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • "I had better release you from your engagement," he said haltingly.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • "It is hardly necessary to congratulate you," I said haltingly.

    The House by the Lock C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for haltingly

halting

/ˈhɔːltɪŋ/
adjective
1.
hesitant: halting speech
2.
lame
Derived Forms
haltingly, adverb
haltingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haltingly

halting

n.

"act of limping or walking lamely," early 14c., verbal noun from halt (v.). Related: Haltingly.

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