doddering

[ dod-er-ing ]
/ ˈdɒd ər ɪŋ /

adjective

shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering: a doddering old man.
Also dod·der·y [dod-uh-ree] /ˈdɒd ə ri/.

Origin of doddering

First recorded in 1735–45; dodder1 + -ing2

Definition for doddering (2 of 2)

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 forms

dod·der·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for doddering (1 of 3)

doddering

/ (ˈdɒdərɪŋ) /

adjective

shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age

British Dictionary definitions for doddering (2 of 3)

dodder

1
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

verb (intr)

to move unsteadily; totter
to shake or tremble, as from age

Derived Forms

dodderer, noundoddery, adjective

Word Origin for dodder

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

British Dictionary definitions for doddering (3 of 3)

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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