dotard

[ doh-terd ]
/ ˈdoʊ tərd /

noun

a person exhibiting a decline in mental faculties, especially as a result of aging.

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Origin of dotard

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English doterd, dooterd, dootarde; see origin at dote, -ard

OTHER WORDS FROM dotard

do·tard·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dotard

dotard
/ (ˈdəʊtəd) /

noun

a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility

Derived forms of dotard

dotardly, adjective

Word Origin for dotard

C14: from dote + -ard
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