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teeter-totter

Syllabification: tee·ter-tot·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈtēdərˌtädər
 
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North American or dialect

Definition of teeter-totter in English:

noun

A seesaw.
Example sentences
  • The playground consisted of two large slides, ten swings, a teeter-totter, sand box, and a large jungle gym to run around in.
  • ‘I would hang on to the top bar on my swing set and stand on the seat of the teeter-totter,’ Megan reveals.
  • She looked around at the other children chasing each other in games of Tag, soaring to the sky on swings, bobbing up and down on the teeter-totters, and bouncing a ball.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
Teeter; waver.
Example sentences
  • This said shoe is usually very difficult to walk in, with the wearer teeter-tottering from A to B and back again.
  • It seemed that all the shops were taking deliveries, with great stacks of boxes teeter-tottering in the aisles.
  • Jumping up with my other foot on the sill, my black socks teeter-tottered on the sill, swaying back and forth, as did my body.

Origin

late 19th century: reduplication of teeter or totter1.

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