dotty

1
[ dot-ee ]
/ ˈdɒt i /

adjective, dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est. Informal.

crazy or eccentric.
feeble or unsteady in gait.
very enthusiastic or infatuated (usually followed by about or over).

Nearby words

  1. dotted line,
  2. dotted swiss,
  3. dotterel,
  4. dottie,
  5. dottle,
  6. doty,
  7. dou,
  8. dou, gerard,
  9. douai,
  10. douala

Origin of dotty

1
1805–15; perhaps dott(ard) variant of dotard + -y1

Related formsdot·ti·ly, adverbdot·ti·ness, noun

dotty

2
[ dot-ee ]
/ ˈdɒt i /

adjective, dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est.

marked with dots; dotted.

Origin of dotty

2
First recorded in 1805–15; dot1 + -y1

Related formsdot·ti·ness, noun

Dottie

or Dot·ty

[ dot-ee ]
/ ˈdɒt i /

noun

a female given name, form of Dorothea and Dorothy.
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British Dictionary definitions for dotty

dotty

/ (ˈdɒtɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

slang, mainly British feeble-minded; slightly crazy
British slang (foll by about) extremely fond (of)
marked with dots
Derived Formsdottily, adverbdottiness, noun

Word Origin for dotty

C19: from dot 1 : sense development of 1 from meaning of "unsteady on one's feet"

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Word Origin and History for dotty

dotty

adj.

1812, "full of dots," from dot (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "silly" is from c.1400, in dotypolle "dotty poll" (i.e. "dotty head"), in which case the first element is from dote (v.).

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