- 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
Related Words for doteradulator, lackey, minion, groupie, fan, flatterer, flunky, hanger-on, doormat, bootlicker, backscratcher, ass-kisser, doter, apple-polisher, kiss-ass, yes-man
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Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for dote
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.