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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Brady looks more like his younger self than like a doddering old quarterback. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 Not just at the doddering man himself, the one who can’t lead himself out of a basement but wants to lead the free world: Hate on them all. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 2 Nov. 2020 Langella is ferocious as the doddering old fossil on the other side of the generation gap. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 But there was never a news clip that vindicated Trump’s worst attacks on Biden as doddering or unable to string together a coherent argument. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2020 But Trump, 74, has spent months blasting his 77-year-old foe as doddering, so even an average showing by the former vice president could vault this bar. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 Langella conjures an ideal vessel of the evil Establishment, both doddering and shrewd, and other excellent players come and go, including Michael Keaton as the steely former AG and Kelvin Harrison Jr. Leah Greenblatt,, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of doddering

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doddering was in 1898

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“Doddering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doddering

: walking and moving in a slow and unsteady way because of old age

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