Definition of halting in English:



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

    ‘she speaks halting English with a heavy accent’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Equally halting, the ants simile in canto XXVI represents the occasional conflict between narrative clarity and structural exigency.’
    • ‘And so the group made their slow and halting way back to Kathor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But since then, progress in the peace process had been halting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her shaking hands cover her mouth and she walks backwards in slow, halting steps.’
    • ‘Women 57's progress in Irish politics is still slow and halting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ian thought he had offended her, until she began speaking, in slow, halting tones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kelly was then called before a parliamentary committee, where, in halting, hesitant testimony, he neither fully confirmed nor discredited the BBC story.’
    • ‘Gopinath's words are slow and halting, as he reconstructs for us the sparse and humble details of his life.’
    • ‘And this is an album awash with effortless, halting, careless wordplay.’
    hesitant, disjointed, faltering, hesitating, stumbling, stammering, stuttering
    unsteady, awkward, uneven, faltering, stumbling, limping, hobbling
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