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

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

Examples from the Web for doting

Contemporary Examples of doting

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)

(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper