doddering

[ dod-er-ing ]
/ ˈdɒd ər ɪŋ /

adjective

shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering: a doddering old man.

Nearby words

  1. dodd,
  2. dodd, william,
  3. dodd, william edward,
  4. dodder,
  5. doddered,
  6. doddery,
  7. doddie,
  8. doddle,
  9. dodds,
  10. doddy

Also dod·der·y [dod-uh-ree] /ˈdɒd ə ri/.

Origin of doddering

First recorded in 1735–45; dodder1 + -ing2

dodder

1
[ dod-er ]
/ ˈdɒd ər /

verb (used without object)

to shake; tremble; totter.

Origin of dodder

1
1610–20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.

Related formsdod·der·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for doddering

doddering

/ (ˈdɒdərɪŋ) /

adjective

shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age

dodder

1
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

verb (intr)

to move unsteadily; totter
to shake or tremble, as from age
Derived Formsdodderer, noundoddery, adjective

Word Origin for dodder

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

dodder

2
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

noun

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 for dodder

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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