[tee-ter] Chiefly Northern U.S.
verb (used without object)
to move unsteadily.
to ride a seesaw; teetertotter.
verb (used with object)
to tip (something) up and down; move unsteadily.
a seesaw motion; wobble.
a seesaw; teetertotter.

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)
1.  to move or cause to move unsteadily; wobble
n, —vb
2.  another word for seesaw
[C19: from Middle English titeren, related to Old Norse titra to tremble, Old High German zittarōn to shiver]

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Word Origin & History

1843, "to seesaw," alteration of M.E. titter "move unsteadily," probably from O.N. titra "to shake, shiver, totter," related to Ger. zittern "to tremble." Noun teeter-totter "see-saw" is attested from 1905.
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Example sentences
One broke an arm falling off a bed, the other broke his on a teeter totter.
The two terrain parks offer beginner and advanced lines, rails and boxes, a
  teeter totter and jumps.
The teeter and fall of health care reform is what they want.
Board games and puzzles teeter over the hamster's cage.
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