- 1Move or balance unsteadily; sway back and forth: she teetered after him in her high-heeled sandalsMore example sentences
- Cows wander the streets, ragged children pester dogs with sticks, tailors teeter past on bicycles balancing bolts of fabric.
- My legs, which I was already teetering on with dubious balance, seemed to give out and I collapsed, curling into a miserable ball under the glass.
- I heard heavy footsteps on the porch steps and glanced over as the guy almost fell but grabbed the railing, teetering to the left unsteadily with a quiet laugh.
- 1.1 (often teeter between) Be unable to decide between different courses; waver: she teetered between tears and angerMore example sentences
- And the market simply teeters back and forth, worrying and then feeling relieved again.
- Over the past 29 months, the family has teetered back and forth between several of the possibilities, convinced at times of one, then another.
- At the very least, feminists should be considering these legal alternatives, while the Court teeters in the balance.
teeter on the brink (or edge)
- Be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation: the country teetered on the brink of civil warMore example sentences
- Village shops continued to close while others teetered on the brink although community-owned shops, Internet retailing and home delivery schemes were becoming more popular.
- It's certainly ambitious and unusual, a traditional story told in a bravura, experimental style, which at times is hilarious but at others teeters on the edge of tedium.
- It teeters on the brink of journalistic disloyalty.
mid 19th century: variant of dialect titter, from Old Norse titra 'shake, shiver'.