- to shake; tremble; totter.
Origin of dodder1
- a leafless parasitic plant, Cuscuta gronovii, having dense clusters of small, white, bell-shaped flowers on orange-yellow stems that twine about clover or flax.
Origin of dodder2
Examples from the Web for dodder
And all we did was to go ahead and dodder along and beat Claflin seven to nothing!Left Guard Gilbert
Ralph Henry Barbour
How the dodder acquired this curious mode of life it is not difficult to see.The Evolutionist at Large
Species of dodder are difficult to distinguish one from the other.Seeds of Michigan Weeds
W. J. (William James) Beal
You hate to see her run—you want to see her dodder about like an old man.Bolanyo</p>
Opie Percival Read
I would be a village "character" of the sort that is justly said to "dodder."The Boss of Little Arcady
Harry Leon Wilson
- to move unsteadily; totter
- to shake or tremble, as from age
- 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 and History for dodder
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.