Definition of doddery in English:



  • Slow and unsteady in movement because of weakness in old age.

    ‘he's a bit doddery on his legs and doesn't get about much’
    • ‘I saw him described in the press as a doddery old man, and someone in the last stages of senility.’
    • ‘These people don't fit the danger-driver stereotype - they aren't boy racers or doddery old dears who go everywhere in third gear.’
    • ‘Hunched and doddery, a miracle of will over disability, the Pope began his Christmas greetings - in sixty languages.’
    • ‘He's a bit slower physically but he's not doddery, so I decided not to go that way with Cecil.’
    • ‘At the outset critics cruelly wrote him off as a doddery old bloke who lacked the drive and energy necessary to head a modern, dynamic political party.’
    • ‘We sounded pretty good for a bunch of doddery old men.’
    • ‘The picture on his byline makes him look like a rather doddery retired professor with just a hint of Frankenstein's monster to his eyebrows and chin.’
    • ‘‘Baby-boomers want to be presented as something other than doddery old senior citizens,’ he says.’
    • ‘Just hours after handing the money in, the cash was claimed by a doddery old man who had dropped it on the way home from a bank.’
    • ‘How doddery old pensioners manage to keep track of that darn game, I'll never know.’
    • ‘In front of him, a doddery old geezer with a walking stick stepped out in the road.’
    • ‘The bus detoured off the arterial road to visit a huge new superstore, picking up a doddery old man who shuffled slowly to the nearest seat.’
    • ‘It doesn't help that most judges are rich, doddery old men who have lost touch with the real world and cannot empathise with women.’
    • ‘It is important that they do not associate classical music with a bunch of doddery old men.’
    • ‘Much of this book resembles a retirement home for the doddery old clichés of magic realism.’
    • ‘The difference is that now they have weak-kneed, wobbly, doddery leadership and they are falling over.’
    • ‘It was regarded as a family firm - a bit slow and doddery but a caring and kind place to work.’
    • ‘I'd quite like to do it before I get too doddery and old to remember it all!’
    • ‘At seventy-five, Davidson did not seem remotely doddery.’
    • ‘He may come across as a bit doddery now and then, but when it comes to his one true passion the brain is as sharp as ever.’
    unstable, rocky, wobbly, wobbling, rickety, shaky, shaking, tottery, tottering, teetering, unsafe, unbalanced, unreliable, insecure, not secure, unfastened, unsecured, movable, precarious
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