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[doh-ting] /ˈdoʊ tɪŋ/
excessively fond:
doting parents.
showing a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age; weak-minded; senile.
Origin of doting
First recorded in 1480-90; dote + -ing2
Related forms
dotingly, adverb
dotingness, noun
undoting, adjective


[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.
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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  • And how comes it she's so afraid of the soldiers, if she's doting?

  • I was pleased to notice that her nudity did not this time appeal to my doting madness.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Her hands were fumbling with the clothes of this doting rival.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • I was never able to tell my fond and doting mother that I, like her, had taken a prize.

    Pussy and Doggy Tales Edith Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for doting


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 doting



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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