- infirm; feeble.
- (of a tree) having lost most of its branches owing to decay or age.
Origin of doddered
- to shake; tremble; totter.
Origin of dodder1
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Examples from the Web for doddered
Old Worble crooned and doddered, and feebly repeated "Picnic?"
He found a charm in the spectral aspect of the doddered oak.Shirley
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.The Day's Work, Volume 1
I tell the doddered asses Napoleon would have been over if Villeneuve had obeyed him to the letter.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
The green glades in the autumnal woods were inviting, and sometimes they stood before the vast form of some doddered oak.Endymion
- to move unsteadily; totter
- to shake or tremble, as from age
C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble
- 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
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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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