[ US /ˈtɑtɝɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /tˈɒtəɹɪŋ/ ]
  1. (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse
    a tottering empire
  2. unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age
    a tottery old man
    a tottering skeleton of a horse
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How To Use tottering In A Sentence

  • The building exploits the drama of this interlocked matrix of mass and light as stepped ramps zigzag through the atrium, revealing the sheer concrete wall and the great tottering stack of galleries.
  • Bewildered by the suddenness of this blow, I could but watch in helpless silence the advancing throng, with my poor friends in their midst, their hands bound, their tottering footsteps directed by rude shoves towards the pipul tree, the accustomed assembly place of the villagers and the village council. Tales of Destiny
  • Its various schools, once strongly entrenched at numerous clan capitals throughout the country, were now tottering on the brink of ruin.
  • I have seen an etheromaniac at forty-one a wizened, bent, decrepit, and tottering old man.
  • So Sri Lanka and a flat deck were a pretty helpful combination and they began to make the first tottering steps. Times, Sunday Times
  • For a few pesos more, you can get yourself into a 'cama' seat, which is much like something from an old-fashioned aircraft business class complete with food and a stewardess tottering about serving sparkling wine. TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com
  • Look with what a blushless face of triumph she eyes her poor tottering neighbour opposite, who never appears destined "to suffer a recovery. The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 385, August 15, 1829
  • On this basis alone, men fear a woman tottering towards them at the beginning of an evening, already gimlet-eyed with toe pain, and sitting down to eat with old-lady sigh. The Saturday interview: Caitlin Moran
  • The priest realized the crucial moment, felt his power tottering, opened his mouth in denunciation, but fled backward before the truculent advance, upraised fist, and flashing eyes, of Mackenzie. The Sun of the Wolf
  • She loves dressing up in my clothes, tottering around in my heels and playing around with my make-up. The Sun
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