- 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.
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Examples from the Web for doter
There are five varieties of them, the largest of which is the hood seal and the smallest the doter or harbour seal.Ungava Bob
now rarely doat
- (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
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
Word Origin and History for doter
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