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  • 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’
    • ‘It was regarded as a family firm - a bit slow and doddery but a caring and kind place to work.’
    • ‘The difference is that now they have weak-kneed, wobbly, doddery leadership and they are falling over.’
    • ‘He's a bit slower physically but he's not doddery, so I decided not to go that way with Cecil.’
    • ‘I'd quite like to do it before I get too doddery and old to remember it all!’
    • ‘It is important that they do not associate classical music with 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Hunched and doddery, a miracle of will over disability, the Pope began his Christmas greetings - in sixty languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How doddery old pensioners manage to keep track of that darn game, I'll never know.’
    • ‘Much of this book resembles a retirement home for the doddery old clichés of magic realism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In front of him, a doddery old geezer with a walking stick stepped out in the road.’
    • ‘I saw him described in the press as a doddery old man, and someone in the last stages of senility.’
    • ‘At seventy-five, Davidson did not seem remotely doddery.’
    • ‘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.’
    tottering, tottery, teetering, doddering, staggering, shuffling, shambling, faltering, shaking, shaky, unsteady, wobbly, wobbling, trembling, trembly, quivering
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/ˈdädərē/ /ˈdɑdəri/