dod·​der·​ing | \ ˈdä-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce doddering (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Churchill had come back as a very doddering, pastiche personality. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2022 Morton brings a refreshing comic spryness to Lear, playing him not as a doddering old man but as a vivacious, scampering jokester who expects to be treated as the life of the party. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Wilson is the comic relief, a doddering old white teacher who’s constantly spouting out-of-touch advice and cringeworthy old-world slang to the students. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 10 Apr. 2022 In his 2020 campaign, Democratic rivals cast his views on achieving social and economic progress as outdated; in the presidency, Republicans and conservative media have portrayed him as doddering and feeble. John Harwood, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021 But Rafael is far from impressed by the doddering image Mike cuts. John Semley, The New Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Like Ted Lasso, Joe Biden is often underestimated -- dismissed by some unkind eyes as doddering, by others as an aging all-star of an outdated Washington game whose bipartisan, backslapping rules are no longer played. Richard Galant, CNN, 25 July 2021 Gone was the usual portrait of the U.S. president as a doddering threat to global stability. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 An actor impersonating Biden as a doddering old man seems like an even staler version of what Hannity has been trotting out for months. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of doddering

1898, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2022

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“Doddering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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