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[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat.
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
decay of wood.
Origin of dote
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun Unabridged
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  • For though it is fond of worms, and dotes on the berries of the mountain-ash, it has a perfect passion for snails.

    Birds of the wave and woodland Phil (Philip Stewart) Robinson
  • The third is the love that “dotes yet doubts,” that doubts but never dies—no never.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • He seems so kind of lonely, and he says he dotes on picnics.

    Finding the Lost Treasure Helen M. Persons
  • And then turning to Frank she added: "My brother just dotes on church music!"

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • She dotes as perfectly upon the courtier, as her husband doth on her, and only wants the face to be dishonest.

  • It is so sad for him, for he dotes on her, and they are everything to each other.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • By the way, that little brother of hers that she dotes on, Lancelot, goes to Thaleby this term.

  • She dotes on 'The Duchess,' and puts her last dime into Braddon.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • Therefore it is that Levana often communes with the powers that shake man's heart: therefore it is that she dotes upon grief.

  • Ah, our little Germaine knows what it is to have a granny who dotes on her.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
British Dictionary definitions for dotes


verb (intransitive)
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Forms
doter, (now rarely) doater, noun
Word Origin
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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Word Origin and History for dotes



c.1200, "to be feeble-minded from age," from Middle Low German doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Meaning "to be infatuated" is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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