Definitions

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  • n. One who hesitates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one who hesitates.

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  • n. one who hesitates (usually out of fear)

Etymologies

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hesitate +‎ -er

Examples

  • "Qu'arrivait-il?" continued Prony; "the rogue who gave the guess answer was soon found cutting down and selling quantities of the trees, and Buonaparte had to take the rangership from him, and reinstate the honest hesitater."

    The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth, Volume 1

  • Peninsula may be brought to a successful termination in a few months; then you must send over an agent, a plain man of business, to engage colporteurs and to come to arrangements with booksellers, both in Spain and in the provincial towns of Portugal, but let him not be a hesitater and starter of needless doubts and difficulties; anything may be accomplished with a little shrewdness, a little boldness, and a great trust in God.

    Letters of George Borrow to the British and Foreign Bible Society

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