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teeter

[tee-ter] /ˈti tər/ Chiefly Northern U.S.
verb (used without object)
1.
to move unsteadily.
2.
to ride a seesaw; teetertotter.
verb (used with object)
3.
to tip (something) up and down; move unsteadily.
noun
4.
a seesaw motion; wobble.
5.
a seesaw; teetertotter.
Origin of teeter
1835-1845
1835-45; variant of dial. titter, Middle English titeren < Old Norse titra tremble; cognate with German zittern to tremble, quiver
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teeter

/ˈtiːtə/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move unsteadily; wobble
noun, verb
2.
another word for seesaw
Word Origin
C19: from Middle English titeren, related to Old Norse titra to tremble, Old High German zittarōn to shiver
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v.

1843, "to seesaw," alteration of Middle English titter "move unsteadily," probably from Old Norse titra "to shake, shiver, totter," related to German zittern "to tremble." Noun teeter-totter "see-saw" is attested from 1905.

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