doddery

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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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

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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