Palters vs Falters - What's the difference?

palters | falters |

As a verb palters

is (palter).

As a noun falters is





  • (palter)
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    Alternative forms

    * (l)


    (en verb)
  • To talk insincerely; to prevaricate or equivocate in speech or actions.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Romans, that have spoke the word, / And will not palter .
  • * Tennyson
  • Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, / Nor paltered with eternal God for power.
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  • * 2010 , Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles
  • I would prevaricate and palter in my usual plausible way, but, this being Cambridge, such stratagems would cut no ice with my remorseless and (in my imagination) gleefully malicious interrogator, who would stare at me with gimlet eyes and say in a harsh voice that crackled with mocking laughter: ‘Excuse me, but do you even know who Lermontov is ?’
  • To trifle.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Palter out your time in the penal statutes.
  • *1886 , , The Princess Casamassima .
  • *:He waited and waited, in the faith that Schinkel was dealing with them in his slow, categorical Teutonic way, and only objurgated the cabinetmaker for having in the first place paltered with his sacred trust. Why hadn't he come straight to him—whatever the mysterious document was—instead of talking it over with French featherheads?
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), , Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 100
  • Don't palter with the second rate.
  • To haggle.
  • (Cotgrave)
  • To babble; to chatter.
  • Derived terms

    * palterer






  • (falter)

  • falter



  • unsteadiness.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To waver or be unsteady.
  • * Wiseman
  • He found his legs falter .
  • (ambitransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
  • * Byron
  • And here he faltered forth his last farewell.
  • * Milton
  • With faltering speech and visage incomposed.
  • To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Here indeed the power of disinct conception of space and distance falters .
  • To stumble.
  • (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
  • *
  • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter .
  • To hesitate in purpose or action.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ere her native king / Shall falter under foul rebellion's arms.
  • To cleanse or sift, as barley.
  • (Halliwell)