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.
Origin of dote
1175–1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.Related formsdot·er, noun
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Derived Formsdoter or now rarely doater, noun
(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
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 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.
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