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doiter (third-person singular simple present doiters, present participle doitering, simple past and past participle doitered)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be old and infirm; to tremble in movement or ramble in speech, as in old age.
    • 1843, John Roby, Popular Traditions of Lancashire (volume 1, page 122)
      Now, save on almous-days, when some half-dozen doitering old bodies get a snatch at the broken meat, not a man of us thrusts his nose into the knight's buttery, but by stealth.