To stumble and stagger, or to roll back and forth

Grandiloquent dictionary. 2006.

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  • Titubate — Tit u*bate, v. i. [L. titubatus, p. p. of titubare to stagger, totter.] 1. To stumble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To rock or roll, as a curved body on a plane. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • titubate — verb /ˈtɪtjʊbeɪt/ a) To stagger , 1993: They must let us alone here, we govern ourselves, we are by way of being totally autonomous. (The plethora of t’s there made his tongue titubate, but it was a brave show.) Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in… …   Wiktionary

  • titubate — ˌbāt intransitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin titubatus, past participle of titubare to titubate : to reel or stumble as if tipsy : stagger, totter …   Useful english dictionary

  • titubate — tit·u·bate …   English syllables

  • titubant — adjective /ˈtɪtəbənt,ˈtɪtʃəbənt/ stumbling, staggering; with the movement of one who is tipsy To these, by the door L. C., the CURATE and the NOTARY, arm in arm; the latter owl like and titubant Syn: lurching, reeling, staggering, stumbling,… …   Wiktionary

  • Descent — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Motion downwards. < N PARAG:Descent >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 descent descent descension declension declination Sgm: N 1 fall fall Sgm: N 1 falling falling &c. >V. ???>: slump …   English dictionary for students

  • Failure — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Failure >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 failure failure Sgm: N 1 nonsuccess nonsuccess nonfulfillment Sgm: N 1 dead failure dead failure successlessness Sgm: N 1 abortion abortion miscarriage Sgm: N 1 b …   English dictionary for students

  • reel — [v] wobble; spin around bob, careen, falter, feel giddy, go around, lurch, pitch, revolve, rock, roll, shake, stagger, stumble, sway, swim, swing, swirl, teeter, titubate, totter, turn, twirl, waver, weave, wheel, whirl; concepts 151,153 …   New thesaurus

  • stagger — [v1] walk falteringly alternate, careen, dither, falter, halt, hesitate, lurch, overlap, pitch, reel, shake, stammer, step, sway, swing, teeter, titubate, topple, totter, vacillate, waver, wheel, whiffle, wobble, zigzag; concept 151 stagger [v2]… …   New thesaurus

  • titubant — ˈtichəbənt, ˈtid.əb adjective Etymology: Latin titubant , titubans, present participle of titubare to titubate : characterized by titubation : marked by wavering or vacillating : unsteady …   Useful english dictionary

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