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Monday, October 10, 2011

titubant

\TICH-oo-buhnt\ , noun;
1.
A disturbance of body equilibrium in standing or walking, resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling.
Quotes:
Byron did something of the kind in Don Juan; and the world at large is still quivering and titubant under the shock of his appeal.
-- W. E. Henley, "The Secret of Wordsworth," The Pall Mall Magazine, Volume 30, 1903
Sir Oran's mode of progression being very vacillating, indirect, and titubant; enough so, at least, to show that he had not completely danced off the effects of the Madeira.
-- Thomas Love Peacock, Melincourt, Volume 1
Origin:
Titubant derives from the Latin titubātiōn- meaning a staggering, equivalent to titubāt, past participle of titubāre to stagger + -iōn-.
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