dotard

[ doh-terd ]
/ ˈdoʊ tərd /

noun

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 forms

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

dotardly, adjective

Word Origin for dotard

C14: from dote + -ard
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