[ doht ]
See synonyms for: dotedotingdoter on

verb (used without object),dot·ed, dot·ing.Also doat .
  1. to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon): They dote on their youngest daughter.

  2. to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.

  1. decay of wood.

Origin of dote

1175–1225; Middle English doten “to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded”; cognate with Middle Dutch doten

Other words from dote

  • doter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dote in a sentence

  • But despite this, Jack had become very dear to the childless couple, and they were as blind as doating parents to his defects.

  • It had been meant for his own father doating over the memory of another son.

    The Bondman | Hall Caine
  • Marcel doating on Françonnette, flirts with all, endeavours to rouse her jealousy, and has tales to tell of his successes.

    Barn and the Pyrenees | Louisa Stuart Costello
  • But she was, and is, a doating mother, and her feelings are greatly engrossed by her children.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • My father's mistress was with child, and he, doating on her, allowed or overlooked her vulgar manner of tyrannizing over us.

    Maria | Mary Wollstonecraft

British Dictionary definitions for dote


now rarely doat

/ (dəʊt) /

  1. (foll by on or upon) to love to an excessive or foolish degree

  2. to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age

Origin of dote

C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake

Derived forms of dote

  • doter or now rarely doater, noun

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