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1 move without being stable, as if threatening to fall; "The drunk man tottered over to our table"
2 walk unsteadily; "small children toddle" [syn: toddle, coggle, dodder, paddle, waddle]
3 move unsteadily, with a rocking motion [syn: teeter, seesaw]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈtɒtə/, /"tQt@/
  • (US) /ˈtɑːtɚ/, /"tA:t@`/
    Rhymes: -ɒtə(r)


  1. a rag and bone man.


  1. a very cool person


to totter
  1. to walk,move or stand unsteadily or falteringly; threatening to fall
    The baby tottered from the table to the chair.
    The old man tottered out of the pub into the street.
    The car tottered on the edge of the cliff.
  2. (archaic) to collect junk or scrap


"move unsteady"

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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