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  1. excessively fond: doting parents.
  2. showing a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age; weak-minded; senile.
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Origin of doting

First recorded in 1480–90; dote + -ing2
Related formsdot·ing·ly, adverbdot·ing·ness, nounun·dot·ing, adjective


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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Related Words for doting

affectionate, loving, adoring, devoted, struck, fascinated, fatuous, fond, foolish, lovesick, silly, simple, lovesome

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Historical Examples of doting

  • And how comes it she's so afraid of the soldiers, if she's doting?

  • Her hands were fumbling with the clothes of this doting rival.

  • I was pleased to notice that her nudity did not this time appeal to my doting madness.

  • The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

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  • I was never able to tell my fond and doting mother that I, like her, had taken a prize.

British Dictionary definitions for doting


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 for dote

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



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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