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DOD, Dodd, v.1

1. To move slowly and unsteadily, to totter, dodder, to jog (Fif. 1808 Jam., dodd), “used to express the feeble and unsteady motion of an old person” (Jam.6). Sc. 1832–46  A. Crawford in Whistle-Binkie (1878) I. 398:
For at the very bit he turn'd about, And doddit hame to eat his rows and butter.
Sc. 1887  Jam.6 s.v. dodder:
He's hardly able to dod out an' in now.
Ayr. 1949 9 :
An auld man doddin' along the road.

2. To jig, to make jerky movements in time to music. Ayr. 1790  A. Tait Poems 135:
On thee the fiddler has his dotts, He'll sit and dod.

[Prob. imit.: cf. Dad, v.1]

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