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dotard

[doh-terd]
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noun
  1. a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.
  2. doater2.
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Origin of dotard

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at dote, -ard
Related formsdo·tard·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dotard

dotard

noun
  1. a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility
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Derived Formsdotardly, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from dote + -ard
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Word Origin and History for dotard

n.

"imbecile," late 14c., from dote + -ard.

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