Definition of halting in English:


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

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