Definition of halting in English:



  • Slow and hesitant, especially through lack of confidence; faltering.

    ‘she speaks halting English with a heavy accent’
    • ‘I've found phone conversations with some people can be halting and strained but having text with them is a witty, inspired exchange you hate to have to erase when your memory gets too full.’
    • ‘And so the group made their slow and halting way back to Kathor.’
    • ‘But since then, progress in the peace process had been halting.’
    • ‘And this is an album awash with effortless, halting, careless wordplay.’
    • ‘He possesses a rich, warm, sonorous voice, betraying further evidence of his Englishness - a confident, erudite speaker, and yet punctuated with ums, ahs, and halting hesitancy.’
    • ‘Kelly was then called before a parliamentary committee, where, in halting, hesitant testimony, he neither fully confirmed nor discredited the BBC story.’
    • ‘Ian thought he had offended her, until she began speaking, in slow, halting tones.’
    • ‘In the twilight era between the end of the conflict and the halting steps toward a future built around a power-sharing government for Catholics and Protestants, the IRA seems to have carved a new path.’
    • ‘The expansion or quality improvement has, however, been halting and has generally lagged behind demand and the population growth rate.’
    • ‘His own breathing had been so halting in the last few hours that I thought at first it was probably another false alarm, but no, that was it.’
    • ‘Gopinath's words are slow and halting, as he reconstructs for us the sparse and humble details of his life.’
    • ‘Her shaking hands cover her mouth and she walks backwards in slow, halting steps.’
    • ‘Both as a product and a cause of the indecisive nature of combat, the operational tempo of war-as-process generally moved at a slow and halting pace.’
    • ‘Women 57's progress in Irish politics is still slow and halting.’
    • ‘But given the political economy of which he was a beneficiary, whatever steps he took to deal with the problem were bound to be halting and contradictory.’
    • ‘Among other drawings are four individual pots outlined in red conte on Somerset cream paper, in each of which the line is not flowing but halting.’
    • ‘Equally halting, the ants simile in canto XXVI represents the occasional conflict between narrative clarity and structural exigency.’
    • ‘His English is halting, but his recall remarkably precise.’
    • ‘Some of the players have also been deeply unhappy about the media coverage of last Sunday's halting 36-11 victory over Japan in Townsville.’
    • ‘However halting, impaired, almost uncommunicative the poem, I still have the perverse sense that the station to which it is tuned, however low, is merriment.’
    hesitant, disjointed, faltering, hesitating, stumbling, stammering, stuttering
    unsteady, awkward, uneven, faltering, stumbling, limping, hobbling
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