verb (used without object), dot·ed, dot·ing. Also doat.

to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon): They dote on their youngest daughter.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.


decay of wood.

Origin of dote

1175–1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related formsdot·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doted

Contemporary Examples of doted

Historical Examples of doted

  • I married a lady of wealth and affluence, one I loved and doted on.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • To crown their happiness, they were blessed with two lovely children on whom they doted.

    Among the Sioux

    R. J. Creswell

  • He was the best man that ever—pard, you would have doted on that man.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • How she doted on him because he considered his present state to be a purgatory!

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope

  • It was dreadful of me, I know, to think of it, but I knew he doted on me.

British Dictionary definitions for doted


now rarely doat

verb (intr)

(foll by on or upon) to love to an excessive or foolish degree
to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Formsdoter or now rarely doater, noun

Word Origin for dote

C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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Word Origin and History for doted



c.1200, "to be feeble-minded from age," from Middle Low German doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Meaning "to be infatuated" is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper