Definition of doddery in US 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'd quite like to do it before I get too doddery and old to remember it all!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hunched and doddery, a miracle of will over disability, the Pope began his Christmas greetings - in sixty languages.’
    • ‘In front of him, a doddery old geezer with a walking stick stepped out in the road.’
    • ‘‘Baby-boomers want to be presented as something other than doddery old senior citizens,’ he says.’
    • ‘These people don't fit the danger-driver stereotype - they aren't boy racers or doddery old dears who go everywhere in third gear.’
    • ‘Much of this book resembles a retirement home for the doddery old clichés of magic realism.’
    • ‘At seventy-five, Davidson did not seem remotely doddery.’
    • ‘The difference is that now they have weak-kneed, wobbly, doddery leadership and they are falling over.’
    • ‘How doddery old pensioners manage to keep track of that darn game, I'll never know.’
    • ‘I saw him described in the press as a doddery old man, and someone in the last stages of senility.’
    • ‘It was regarded as a family firm - a bit slow and doddery but a caring and kind place to work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is important that they do not associate classical music with a bunch of doddery old men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sounded pretty good for a bunch of doddery old men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's a bit slower physically but he's not doddery, so I decided not to go that way with Cecil.’
    • ‘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.’
    tottering, tottery, teetering, doddering, staggering, shuffling, shambling, faltering, shaking, shaky, unsteady, wobbly, wobbling, trembling, trembly, quivering
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