totteringly

tottering

[tot-er-ing]
adjective
1.
walking unsteadily or shakily.
2.
lacking security or stability; threatening to collapse; precarious: a tottering empire.

Origin:
totter + -ing2

totteringly, adverb
untottering, adjective
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totter (ˈtɒtə)
 
vb
1.  to walk or move in an unsteady manner, as from old age
2.  to sway or shake as if about to fall
3.  to be failing, unstable, or precarious
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of tottering
 
[C12: perhaps from Old English tealtrian to waver, and Middle Dutch touteren to stagger]
 
'totterer
 
n
 
'tottering
 
adj
 
'totteringly
 
adv
 
'tottery
 
adj

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totter
c.1200, "swing to and fro," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norw. totra "to quiver, shake"). Meaning "stand or walk with shaky, unsteady steps" is from c.1600.
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