AskDefine | Define tottering

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tottering adj
1 unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age; "a tottering skeleton of a horse"; "a tottery old man" [syn: tottery]
2 (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse; "a tottering empire"

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  1. present participle of totter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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