- shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering: a doddering old man.
Origin of doddering
- to shake; tremble; totter.
Origin of dodder1
Related Wordstottering, faltering, floundering, trembling, decrepit, infirm, senile, shaky, unsteady, weak, anile, dotard
Examples from the Web for doddering
That I'm either as big a liar as he says you are or a fool—a doddering fool.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
The doddering in the case was not confined to that individual.Pickwickian Studies
There also, as at Terracina, ancient and doddering men acted as chambermaids.A Tramp's Notebook
But as soon as he confronted the doddering and blinking toper, he was helpless.Excuse Me!
I'll have the flat of my sword at your hinder quarters for a doddering void-pate!The Red Tavern
Charles Raymond Macauley
- shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age
- 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 doddering
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.