verb be foolish or senile due to old age
verb shower with love; show excessive affection for
- Grandmother dotes on her the twins
- A marriage portion. Obs. See 1st Dot, n.
- pl. Natural endowments. Obs.
Dote intransitive verb
; akin to OD. doten
, D. dutten
, to doze, Icel. dotta
to nod from sleep, MHG. tzen
to keep still: cf. F. doter
, OF. radoter
(to dote, rave, talk idly or senselessly), which are from the same source.
imperfect & past participle Doted;present participle & verbal noun Doting
- To act foolishly. Obs.
He wol make him doten anon right.
- To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel.
Time has made you dote, and vainly tell
Of arms imagined in your lonely cell.
He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died.
- To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon; as, the mother dotes on her child.
Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote.
What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love.
- An imbecile; a dotard.
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