Definitions

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  • adv. In a tottering manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a tottering manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a tottering manner. George Eliot, Middlemarch, lxxi.

Etymologies

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tottering +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Bassett flexed his arm-muscles in quest of what possible strength might reside in such weakness, and dragged himself slowly and totteringly to his feet.

    THE RED ONE

  • Skipper was unheeding of Jerry because of the fever that wrenched his flesh and chilled his bones, that made his head seem to swell monstrously, that glazed the world to his swimming eyes and made him walk feebly and totteringly like a drunken man or a man very aged.

    CHAPTER VII

  • I was totteringly dragged from my cell into the corridor of dungeons.

    Chapter 7

  • Slowly, totteringly, they spent a few years working out the details, sent the proposal to London, got it green lighted, and things went from there.

    identity

  • Meanwhile an attendant had got the horse on its feet again, and was leading it totteringly into the gangway and round to the exit, under the Authorities.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • He and his companion looked up and down the platform, totteringly.

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

  • Mira felt perched on the roof of a shaky chicken house being totteringly borne downstream.

    The Women’s Room

  • The red-faced man at the next table eyed them as they went out, leaving behind them a waiter who clutched totteringly for support at the back of a chair.

    Jill the Reckless

  • Her godmother walked totteringly and by the aid of a tall ebony cane.

    The Golden Apple Tree

  • As Felipe approached, the old man's face beamed with pleasure, and he came forward totteringly, leaning on a staff in each hand.

    Ramona

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  • "But the effort took all her strength, and when it was over she rose up totteringly, and tried to feel her way to the door." - Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Hannah, Vol. 1, p. 295, 1871.

    February 26, 2011