verb[no object] (often as adjective doddering)
- Tremble or totter, typically because of old age: that doddering old foolMore example sentences
totter, teeter, toddle, hobble, shuffle, shamble, falter, walk haltingly, walk with difficulty, move falteringly, stumble, stagger, sway, lurch, reel; wobble, shake, tremble, quiver; Scottish & Northern English hirple• rare doddletottering, tottery, teetering, doddery, staggering, shuffling, shambling, faltering, shaking, shaky, unsteady, wobbly, wobbling, trembling, trembly, quivering; feeble, frail, weak, weakly, infirm, decrepit; aged, old, elderly, long in the tooth, in one's dotage, senile
- The Levi's name has grown into doddering old age in a brutally competitive apparel market.
- They come on Uncle Junior's recommendation, but they prove to be doddering old fools with bad or no eyesight.
- He is famous for doddering around with a camera crew in tow, picking up strange slithery beasts that look like they might bite him and poking sticks at them.
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- Often dismissed as wrinklies and fogeys, dodderers and ditherers, it turns out that the company's target audience are, in fact, among the biggest consumers in the country.
- A government member labelled the retired military chiefs & diplomats as old dodderers.
- I have yet to discover that having been born when Cal Coolidge was gearing up to run for re-election confers any eminence upon this dodderer.
early 17th century: variant of obsolete dialect dadder; related to dither.
- A widely distributed parasitic climbing plant of the convolvulus family, with leafless thread-like stems that are attached to the host plant by means of suckers.
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- Genus Cuscuta, family Convolvulaceae
- Eventually a mat of stems forms around the host plant and the dodder loses contact with the soil.
- By tying suitable stem explants of dodder to touch the host, Kelly observed that 60% of individuals rejected suitable hosts within several hours.
- Because C. arvensis is more closely related to the dodders than is tobacco, C. arvensis was also used as a control.
Middle English: related to Middle Low German doder, dodder, Middle High German toter.