dodder definition by Webster's New World
- to shake or tremble, as from old age
- to be unsteady; totter
Origin: Middle English daderen, akin to Old English dyderian, to confuse, delude, Middle Dutch doten, dote ; from Indo-European an unverified form dheudh-, to whirl in confusion, shake (from source Classical Greek thysanos, fringe) ; from base an unverified form dheu-; see dull
Origin: Middle English doder ; from Late Old English dodder ; from same base as dodder: akin to dialect, dialectal dodder, quaking-grass and amp; German dotter, egg yolk
dodder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb dod·dered, dod·der·ing, dod·ders
- To shake or tremble, as from old age; totter.
- To progress in a feeble, unsteady manner.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English daderen.
- dodˈder·er noun
Origin: Middle English doder, possibly from Middle Dutch, yolk of an egg (from the yellow color of the blossom of one species of this plant).