- crazy or eccentric.
- feeble or unsteady in gait.
- very enthusiastic or infatuated (usually followed by about or over).
Origin of dotty1
Origin of dotty2
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Examples from the Web for dotty
Gustav would later describe his ex-wife, quite accurately, as “dotty, romantic, and forever craving change.”World War II’s Most Glamorous Spy: Christine Granville
July 7, 2013
Abdul either provides heart or functions as the dotty aunt at the family picnic, depending on your point of view.Calling Paula's Bluff
August 5, 2009
Dotty unrolled herself from the curtain with a triumphant smile.
Dotty tried to think there might be time enough, after all, to find the rings.
At the mention of rings, Dotty blushed, and stole a glance at Mrs. Allen.
Why, Dotty, I've excused you to Mrs. Pragoff, and it wouldn't be polite to go now.
Dotty, it seems, was feeling very much like a bitter-sour apple.
- slang, mainly British feeble-minded; slightly crazy
- British slang (foll by about) extremely fond (of)
- marked with dots
C19: from dot 1 : sense development of 1 from meaning of "unsteady on one's feet"
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Word Origin and History for dotty
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