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doddering

[dod-er-ing] /ˈdɒd ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering:
a doddering old man.
Also, doddery
[dod-uh-ree] /ˈdɒd ə ri/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; dodder1 + -ing2

dodder1

[dod-er] /ˈdɒd ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shake; tremble; totter.
Origin
1610-20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.
Related forms
dodderer, noun
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  • Everyone in the family, from house pets to doddering grandparents, does it.
  • He last appeared in public three years ago, and he was doddering and barely able to walk.
  • Someday she will be a doddering old crone in a nursing home with a zipper tattoo.
British Dictionary definitions for doddering

doddering

/ˈdɒdərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age

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 doddering

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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