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doting

[ doh-ting ]
/ ˈdoʊ tɪŋ /
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adjective

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

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

dotcom, dotcommer, dote, doth, dothan, doting, dotingly, dotted, dotted line, dotted swiss, dotterel

Origin of doting

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

Definition for doting (2 of 2)

dote

[ doht ]
/ doʊt /

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.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for doting

dote

now rarely doat

/ (dəʊt) /

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

dote


v.

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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