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

verb (used without object)

  1. to shake; tremble; totter.


  1. shaky, feeble, or infirm, esp from old age

verb (intr)

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


  1. 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

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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