verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of doctor
Examples from the Web for doctored
Contemporary Examples of doctored
Either somebody else painted them start to finish, or somebody else doctored them up.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Klopfer alleged in an interview with RH Reality Check that these anti-abortion groups have doctored his forms.Indiana’s Crazy Administrative Abortion Demands Have Doctors Racking Up the Violations
September 18, 2014
They may have been doctored by someone before they were released.Was the "Incriminating" Email Doctored?
May 14, 2013
Remember the doctored photo of a shark swimming in a flooded New Jersey neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy?Twitter Explodes Over Boston Bombings, but Cooler Voices Urge Restraint
April 17, 2013
The video had been doctored to present a black official in the Department of Agriculture, Shirley Sherrod, as an anti-white bigot.James Taranto, Heckler?
January 31, 2013
Historical Examples of doctored
I went to summer resorts for my health and was doctored all summer, but to no effect.Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
I doctored it—for the owners—tempted by a low rascal called Cloete.Within the Tides
I didn't do anything out of the ordinary—just fed him and doctored him as best I could.
He took me to his home, doctored me, cared for me, and brought me home.
I doctored a cut he had the other day, and he tells me he can see at night.
- to give medical treatment to
- to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)
Word Origin for doctor
c.1300, "Church father," from Old French doctour, from Medieval Latin doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical Latin "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (n.2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer's Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in Medieval Latin for medicina).
Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. Italian dottore, French docteur, German doktor, Lithuanian daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Sanskrit vaidya- "medical doctor," literally "one versed in science." German Arzt, Dutch arts are from Late Latin archiater, from Greek arkhiatros "chief healer," hence "court physician." French médecin is a back-formation from médicine, replacing Old French miege, from Latin medicus.
1590s, "to confer a degree on," from doctor (n.). Meaning "to treat medically" is from 1712; sense of "alter, disguise, falsify" is from 1774. Related: Doctored; doctoring.
see just what the doctor ordered.