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Daemon
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doddering

(adjective) Infirm, feeble, and often senile.

Synonyms: gaga, senile

Usage: His mother was doddering and frail, so he hired aides to care for her around the clock.
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You can add translation of this word into Lithuanian language: KRETANTIS (M), KRETANTI (F).
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doddering
Definition: (adjective) Infirm, feeble, and often senile.
Synonyms: gaga, senile
Usage: His mother was doddering and frail, so he hired aides to care for her around the clock.
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doddering

Definition: (adjective) Infirm, feeble, and often senile.
Synonyms: gaga, senile
TheParser
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This adjective is often used in a sentence such as "Oh, don't pay attention to what he says. He's just a doddering old fool."
thar
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I think of it as more physical that mental, and the fixed-mindedness of old age, not senililty.

A person can be doddery on their feet, but still sharp.

In the collocation, you need 'fool' to complete the idea of absent-mindedness.

"Middle English daderen (“to quake, tremble”)"

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@monamagda - Love the quote!
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dodder (v.)

1610s, perhaps from Middle English daderen "to quake, tremble" (late 15c.), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter. Related: Doddered; doddering.
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Doddering means "physically or mentally impaired due to old age," like a doddering person who can no longer live alone without assistance from family members or a visiting nurse.
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The adjective doddering comes from the Middle English word daderen "to quake, tremble." That shakiness, in movement and even in thoughts, is one quality of doddering people. It is important to be patient with those who are doddering, because like the word sounds, they are trying to still be mobile, still be part of the world around them, even if they feel more shaky as they get older.
Mehrdad77
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Phil Hartman plays Ronald Reagan as a cunning and tireless taskmaster who pretends to be an affable, doddering old man when the press is present.
Washington Post Oct 17, 2016
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These are not just the doddering remnants of the Klan, though there are elements of that.
Los Angeles Times Sep 29, 2016
TheParser
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Mehrdad77 wrote:
Phil Hartman plays Ronald Reagan as a cunning and tireless taskmaster who pretends to be an affable, doddering old man when the press is present.
Washington Post Oct 17, 2016



Yes, I have read before that President Reagan pretended to be a doddering old man as a way to escape responsibility for certain policies of which he was very much aware of.

Very clever, indeed!
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