a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.

Nearby words

  1. dot the i's and cross the t's,
  2. dot-com,
  3. dot-coms,
  4. dot-matrix printer,
  5. dot-sequential,
  6. dotal,
  7. dotard,
  8. dotardly,
  9. dotation,
  10. dotcom

Origin of dotage

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at dote, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dotage



feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
foolish infatuation

Word Origin for dotage

C14: from dote + -age

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Word Origin and History for dotage



"the state of one who dotes," c.1300; see dote + -age. Originally of all sorts of mental impairment, not just that resulting from old age. First recorded late 14c. for "senility."

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Medicine definitions for dotage




The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility.anility

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