from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Infirm, feeble, and often senile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. mentally or physically infirm due to old age; senile
- v. Present participle of dodder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. shaking as from old age.
- adj. mentally or physically infirm with age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mentally or physically infirm with age
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We shouldn't avoid the "doddering" issue for fear of inciting old people, just as we shouldn't avoid the Palin corruption and inexperience issue for fear of inciting women.
You would hardly suppose that a nation "doddering" to its doom would be so lively in producing ships in this manner?
Others, again, seemed afflicted with what old Matthew Branthwaite called "doddering" and a fit of the "gapes."
On Smiggers 'right is a "doddering" old fellow of between seventy and eighty -- clearly
[It certainly blows away the historical fallacy that he was a doddering old grandfather not cognizant of what was going on.]
I already knew and enjoyed hanging out with the heroes -- Charlie, an inveterate horseplayer, and his father, Drummond, whom he'd always thought was a doddering appliance salesman but really is a CIA all-star.
It's a timeless tale that asks the question, which is better -- a love that lasts into doddering, rocking chair old age or one that burns so bright that it explodes like a supernova?
But setting aside the feelgood appeal of their comebacks and whether they can still cut it at the top level, this influx of aging veterans raises an awkward question for English soccer: What does it say about the Premier League's overall talent level when two players with a combined age of 71 are still doddering about at the country's leading teams?
Mr. Fénelon's quirky vocal choices have turned the doddering valet Firs into a mezzo-soprano, while the governess Charlotta is written for a bass in drag.
In the final analysis, when you boil away all of the weirdness, it becomes clear that the teabaggers are pissed because there isn't yet another doddering old white guy in the White House -- like they're used to.
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