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

Nearby words

  1. dotcom,
  2. dotcommer,
  3. dote,
  4. doth,
  5. dothan,
  6. dotingly,
  7. dotted,
  8. dotted line,
  9. dotted swiss,
  10. dotterel

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.

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.

Related formsdot·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doting


now rarely doat

verb (intr)

(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
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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