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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 Charlie Hebdo, France’s beloved satirical newspaper, depicted her on its cover as a doddering monkey. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "For some French officials, the headscarf is such a threat they are attacking a teenager," 30 May 2018 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 There is a parallel to the British monarchy where the doddering old monarch clings to power too long while the successor in waiting misses out on her prime reigning years. Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: Mike Brown has made the Bengals the Uruguay of the NFL," 26 Jan. 2018 Her doddering mother, Zizinha (Juliana Carneiro Da Cunha), came with the place, and presumably so did the slaves who mind the house, like Joana (Geisa Costa), and others who tend the farm, like Porfírio (Adilson Maghá). Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Vazante’ Revisits Brazil’s History in Black and White," 10 Jan. 2018 Here McCain was comparing the worldview of a president of his own party to communism and fascism — a rebuke even deeper, in a way, than Senator Corker comparing him to a doddering half-wit. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "John McCain’s Final Act Is War Against Trump," 17 Oct. 2017

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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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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