dodder

noun
dod·der | \ˈdä-dər \

Definition of dodder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Cuscuta) of wiry twining vines of the morning-glory family that are highly deficient in chlorophyll, are parasitic on other plants, and have tiny scales instead of leaves

dodder

verb
doddered; doddering\ˈdä-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of dodder (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to tremble or shake from weakness or age

2 : to progress feebly and unsteadily was doddering down the walk

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Other Words from dodder

Verb

dodderer \-dər-ər \ noun

Synonyms for dodder

Synonyms: Verb

careen, lurch, reel, stagger, teeter, totter, waddle

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Examples of dodder in a Sentence

Verb

was doddering down the walk outside the nursing home

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Her old coot of a husband doddered over to see what the trouble was. George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 The good news is that doddering Frank and meek little Mary come to life when needed most. David Coddon, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'How the Other Half Loves' ingenious and fab at North Coast Rep," 15 Apr. 2018 Wednesday’s rate cut comes as both inflation and economic growth remain lower than policy makers would like as Brazil dodders out of its longest recession on record. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil’s Central Bank Cuts Benchmark Rate to Record Low 7%," 6 Dec. 2017 Michael Dale Brown’s doddering yet bombastic Henry is ever the grand master thespian steeped in Shakespeare and the classics, spewing flowery speech. Eric Marchese, Orange County Register, "Small-scale revival highlights timeless nature of ‘Fantasticks’ in Costa Mesa," 11 Apr. 2017 Cathleen Fuller provides yeoman service with her handful of lines in the role of Evelyn, Esme’s mother-in-law, who is gripey and suspicious in the first scene, doddering in the second, and comatose in a wheelchair for the entirety of the third. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Amy’s View’ slings social commentary but staging is uneven," 22 May 2017 Pribyl, as a sadistic ex-military officer who furiously beats his servant and heaps abuse on a doddering older relative (Kipp Moorman), all with a maniacal glee and a glint in his eye that’s already gone around the bend toward crazy. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Players Theatre turns to farce with 'A Flea in Her Ear'," 1 July 2017 The defense sought to portray the gang as pill-popping, doddering old men, with ailments such as diabetes and bladder-control problems, who had engaged in a nonviolent folly. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "3 Found Guilty of Aiding $20 Million London Theft JAN. 14, 2016," 9 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of dodder

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dodder

Noun

Middle English doder; akin to Middle High German toter dodder, egg yolk

Verb

Middle English dadiren

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