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[wey-ver] /ˈweɪ vər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sway to and fro; flutter:
Foliage wavers in the breeze.
2.
to flicker or quiver, as light:
A distant beam wavered and then disappeared.
3.
become unsteady; begin to fail or give way:
When she heard the news her courage wavered.
4.
to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice:
Her voice wavered.
5.
to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate:
He wavered in his determination.
6.
(of things) to fluctuate or vary:
Prices wavered.
7.
to totter or reel:
The earth quaked and the tower wavered.
noun
8.
an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (see wave, -er6); cognate with dialectal German wabern to move about, Old Norse vafra to toddle
Related forms
waverer, noun
waveringly, adverb
nonwavering, adjective
unwavered, adjective
unwavering, adjective
unwaveringly, adverb
Synonyms
4. quiver. 5. Waver, fluctuate, vacillate refer to an alternation or hesitation between one direction and another. Waver means to hesitate between choices: to waver between two courses of action. Fluctuate suggests irregular change from one side to the other or up and down: The prices of stocks fluctuate when there is bad news followed by good. Vacillate is to make up one's mind and change it again suddenly; to be undecided as to what to do: We must not vacillate but must set a day.
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Examples from the web for unwavering
  • His intellect, integrity, and unwavering commitment to serve society inspired two generations of scientific researchers worldwide.
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  • We are proud to be a part of a university whose commitment to engaged scholarship is unwavering.
  • To those used to gaslight or candles, their unwavering glare was unnerving.
  • Upright, industrious and unwavering in the pursuit of his ideals.
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  • His unwavering attention to value has served him well in a declining market.
  • Surely this bottomless, unwavering sorrow will amount to something, goes the tape loop.
  • She appears unwavering in her mission to safeguard the freedom of the press to do its job effectively.
  • Normally, this newspaper's devotion to free trade is unwavering.
British Dictionary definitions for unwavering

unwavering

/ʌnˈweɪvərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not wavering or hesitant; resolute

waver

/ˈweɪvə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
2.
to become unsteady
3.
to fluctuate or vary
4.
to move back and forth or one way and another
5.
(of light) to flicker or flash
noun
6.
the act or an instance of wavering
Derived Forms
waverer, noun
wavering, adjective
waveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse vafra to flicker; related to German wabern to move about
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Word Origin and History for unwavering
adj.

1560s, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of waver.

waver

v.

late 13c., weyveren, "to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre "restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern "to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root of wave (v.). Related: Wavered; wavering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for unwavering

waver

Related Terms

flag-waver, skivvy-waver


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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