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

Examples of doddering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fiery performance, leavened by some humor at the close, aimed to rebut one of the main lines of Republican attack on Biden — the effort to portray the 81-year-old president as doddering and weak. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 At the same time, many Trump supporters see Mr. Biden as a doddering tax-and-spend political hack. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The trip was a remarkably gruelling one for any President to make, let alone an eighty-year-old often caricatured by his Republican foes as a doddering octogenarian. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2023 The first season received criticism for portraying middle age as dreary—the protagonists grappled with death, decay, and a doddering cluelessness regarding social change. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2023 Attention must be paid to the core audience that has stuck it out and been filling these doddering old venues with their seasoned laughter and empathy. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 Whether Arkel is wise or a doddering old fool is a matter of question, which the veteran Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto answers with a loud affirmation of the latter. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023 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Joe Biden is often underestimated – dismissed by some unkind eyes as doddering, by others as an aging all-star of an outdated Washington game whose bipartisan, backslapping rules are no longer played. John Avlon, CNN, 22 July 2021 Biden is often dazed, doddering, and disoriented. Deroy Murdock, National Review, 8 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

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 18 Apr. 2024.

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: showing signs of old age

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