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verb (used without object), dot·ed, dot·ing. Also doat.
  1. to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon): They dote on their youngest daughter.
  2. to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
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  1. decay of wood.
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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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  • There are five varieties of them, the largest of which is the hood seal and the smallest the doter or harbour seal.

    Ungava Bob

    Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for doter


now rarely doat

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

Word Origin

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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