Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who is in his or her dotage.

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  • n. An old person with impaired intellect; one in his or her dotage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose mind is impaired by age; one in second childhood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. one who is in his dotage or second childhood; one whose intellect is impaired by age.
  • n. One who is foolishly fond; one who dotes.
  • n. An aged, decaying tree.
  • Doting; imbecile.
  • Decayed, as a tree

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oldster in his dotage; someone whose age has impaired his intellect

Etymologies

Middle English, from doten, to dote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Lord Wellington is, for you, only a decayed old gentleman now: I rather think some of you have called him a 'dotard' - you have taunted him with his age, and the loss of his physical vigour.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • On a small island of the southern Atlantic, is shut up a remarkable prisoner, wearing himself out there in a feeble mixture of peevishness and jealousy, solaced by no great thoughts and no heroic spirit; a kind of dotard before the time, killing and consuming himself by the intense littleness into which he has shrunk.

    Sermons for the New Life.

  • Valhar was growing old now but was far from in his dotard.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • This was her story: she'd been staying at some fashionable spa where the German Emperor, an amiable dotard with whom, as Blowitz had said, she was on friendly terms, had sent for her in great agitation.

    Watershed

  • A lot of people may be telling pollsters they support McSame, but, when they get into the voting booth, they won't be able to pull the lever for the old dotard.

    Obama Still Way Ahead In Post-Debate Polling

  • There are some voters who will simply never vote for the black guy, even if the the alternative is to cast a ballot for the dotard/idiot ticket.

    Obama Expanding His Lead In The Tracking Polls

  • And if there's one thing we should consider as the debate rages up on high about propping up this addled dotard, it's GM's long string of criminal, that's right, criminal, behavior over the last century.

    Rebekah and Stephen Hren: Let GM Get Crushed Like It Crushed the EV1

  • Painting McSame as an confused, out-ot-touch dotard works.

    Biden Uncorks Tough Populist Hit On McCain Over "Fundamentals" Line

  • “I conjecture,” replied Fabian, “that she speaks of an old dotard, who is, I think, the general referee concerning the history and antiquities of this old town, and of the savage family that lived here perhaps before the flood.”

    Castle Dangerous

  • Thou turnest a dotard, and in the great knowledge thou possessest of other things, hast forgotten the knowledge best worth knowing — — that of the beautiful part of the creation.

    Count Robert of Paris

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