a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.

Origin of dotard

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at dote, -ard
Related formsdo·tard·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dotard



a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility
Derived Formsdotardly, adjective

Word Origin for dotard

C14: from dote + -ard
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Word Origin and History for dotard

"imbecile," late 14c., from dote + -ard.

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