intoxicated; drunk: We found him besotted with wine.
infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby; They had one date and he was utterly besotted.

Origin of besotted

Related formsbe·sot·ted·ly, adverbbe·sot·ted·ness, noun



verb (used with object), be·sot·ted, be·sot·ting.

to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.

Origin of besot

First recorded in 1575–85; be + sot
Related formsbe·sot·ting·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for besotted



stupefied with drink; intoxicated
infatuated; doting
foolish; muddled
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Word Origin and History for besotted

past participle adjective from besot.



"affect with a foolish manifestation," 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.

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