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Waver (to fluctuate between choices) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun waver

What does waver mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wavers

  1. someone who communicates by waving
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: communicator = a person who communicates with others
  2. the act of pausing uncertainly
  3. the act of moving back and forth

Alternative definition of the noun waver


  1. An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.
  2. Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.
  3. Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).
  4. A tool that accomplishes hair waving.

Definition of the verb waver

What does waver mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: wavered | wavering | wavers

  1. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  2. be unsure or weak
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of waver: falter
    • more generic words: hesitate / waffle = pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  3. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of waver: falter
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
  5. move back and forth very rapidly
  6. sway from side to side
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of waver: weave
    • more generic words: sway / swing = move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
  7. give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

Alternative definition of the verb waver


  1. [intransitive] To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.
  2. [intransitive] To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
  3. [intransitive] To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
  4. [intransitive] To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
  5. [intransitive] To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
  6. [intransitive] To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.


Waver is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Ouder-Amstel, and lies about 13 km south of Amsterdam.


Waver is a fictional character in the various Transformers series. He turns into a boat and is second in command of the Autobot Multiforce, under the command of Wing. He was a regular in the anime series Transformers: Victory where he was voiced by Yoshikazu Hirano.


"WAVER" is a musical single of Tsuyoshi Domoto.

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Phrases with Waver

  1. to waver
  2. new waver
  3. flag-waver

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Waver

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Google previewThe Gentleman's Magazine (1869)

They wavered — to waver is the preface to kneeling down. The doctor went on. " Let us throw our crimes into the sea, they weigh us down ; it is they that are sinking the ship. Let us think no more of safety — let us think of salvation. Our last ...

Google previewPopular Educator (1897)

A Magazine of Education

Waver is a colorless liquid. Things have to *>c either liquid, solid, or gaseous. Liquid things have to cool to become 'id, and solid things have to be heated to become gaseous. Water and coal and some other things can be either solid, liquid, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

is primarily a noun; waver (= to vacillate) is primarily a verb. It is a solecism to confuse the two — e.g.: "Mayor Koch . . . waivered [read wavered] between silence and support for ...

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Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver. (Sophocles)
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Scrabble value of W4A1V4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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