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  1. infirm; feeble.
  2. (of a tree) having lost most of its branches owing to decay or age.
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Origin of doddered

First recorded in 1690–1700; dodder1 + -ed2


verb (used without object)
  1. to shake; tremble; totter.
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Origin of dodder1

1610–20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.
Related formsdod·der·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Old Worble crooned and doddered, and feebly repeated "Picnic?"

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893


  • He found a charm in the spectral aspect of the doddered oak.


    Charlotte Bront

  • He doddered into the Board-room I'd just left, an' the Dandie-dog that is just his blind man's leader stayed wi' me.

  • I tell the doddered asses Napoleon would have been over if Villeneuve had obeyed him to the letter.

  • The green glades in the autumnal woods were inviting, and sometimes they stood before the vast form of some doddered oak.


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for doddered


verb (intr)
  1. to move unsteadily; totter
  2. to shake or tremble, as from age
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Derived Formsdodderer, noundoddery, adjective

Word Origin

C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble


  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
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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 doddered



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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