teeter

[tee-ter] 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:
1835–45; variant of dial. titter, Middle English titeren < Old Norse titra tremble; cognate with German zittern to tremble, quiver

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To teeter
Collins
World English Dictionary
teeter (ˈtiːtə)
 
vb
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

teeter
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature