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

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Recent Examples on the Web The doddering DeNiro staggers about like Frankenstein’s monster. Armond White, National Review, "The Irishman’s Déjà Vu Gangsterism," 1 Nov. 2019 Michel Aoun, a doddering Christian, remains president; Nabih Berri, a Shia, is speaker of parliament. The Economist, "Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, steps down," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s the doddering seamstress, Kate Tardwell (Belinda Bremner), who can’t find the spectacles on her own head. Kerry Reid,, "'Elizabeth Rex' at Oak Park Festival Theatre is a worthy 'distraction' for Shakespeare fans," 17 June 2019 Aides released a photo of him pacing the corridors in a bathrobe, a visual reminder of his doddering irrelevance. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 Without shipbuilding subsidies other countries enjoy, the two surviving American freight companies serving Puerto Rico were reluctant to replace their doddering steamships, including TOTE’s 1970s-era El Faro. Rachel Slade,, "How cheap is too cheap?," 13 May 2018 This follows the decision two years ago to close lanes to cars each way on Westlake Avenue so buses and the doddering streetcar could move through the mess. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Getting clearer all the time: City should ban cars from South Lake Union," 21 Mar. 2018 In another contrast to the tight-wearing fairies of most productions, Puck and the others are outfit in pajamas, adding another layer of familiarity and doddering mortality to the proceedings. Eben Shapiro, Time, "Aging Fairies Take the Stage in Shakespeare in the Park's A Midsummer Night's Dream," 3 Aug. 2017

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Doddering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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