dodderer

dodder

1 [dod-er]
verb (used without object)
to shake; tremble; totter.

Origin:
1610–20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.

dodderer, noun
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dodder1 (ˈdɒdə)
 
vb
1.  to move unsteadily; totter
2.  to shake or tremble, as from age
 
[C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble]
 
'dodderer1
 
n
 
'doddery1
 
adj

dodder2 (ˈdɒdə)
 
n
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
 
[C13: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dodder, Middle High German toter]

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dodder
1610s, from M.E. daderen "to quake, tremble" (late 15c.), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter. Related: Doddering.
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