doddering

[dod-er-ing]
adjective
shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering: a doddering old man.
Also, doddery [dod-uh-ree] .


Origin:
1735–45; dodder1 + -ing2

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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]

doddering (ˈdɒdərɪŋ)
 
adj
shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age

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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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Example sentences
And now he is playing the doddering, out-of-touch old fool who was betrayed by
  his feckless employees.
The time has come, finally, to replace that doddering old furnace.
We will keep doddering about so long as the markets feel they can still make
  money, fundamentals be damned.
Everyone in the family, from house pets to doddering grandparents, does it.
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