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dodder1

[dod-er] /ˈdɒd ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shake; tremble; totter.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.
Related forms
dodderer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dodderer

dodder1

/ˈdɒdə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to move unsteadily; totter
2.
to shake or tremble, as from age
Derived Forms
dodderer, noun
doddery, adjective
Word Origin
C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble

dodder2

/ˈdɒdə/
noun
1.
any rootless parasitic plant of the convolvulaceous genus Cuscuta, lacking chlorophyll and having slender twining stems with suckers for drawing nourishment from the host plant, scalelike leaves, and whitish flowers
Word Origin
C13: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dodder, Middle High German toter
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Word Origin and History for dodderer

dodder

v.

1610s, perhaps from Middle English daderen "to quake, tremble" (late 15c.), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter. Related: Doddered; doddering.

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