Definitions

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

  • n. A deterioration of mental faculties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.
  • n. Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree.
  • n. foolish utterance; drivel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility.
  • n. Foolish utterance; drivel.
  • n. Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of one who dotes; feebleness or imbecility of mind in old age; second childhood; senility.
  • n. Weak and foolish affection; excessive fondness.
  • n. The folly imagined by one who is foolish and doting.

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

  • n. mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • And fo what we call dotage, feldom breeds In bodies, but where nature fows the feeds.

    The Works of the English Poets.: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical

  • He "doesn't give a bollocks" about hitting 60 his age at the time of recording the album, 58 ½, features prominently on the album cover artwork and feels more content in what he calls his "dotage" than in pretty much any period of his life.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • If you forget all the delightful things she comes out with – and sadly Mums do – all you have to do, when you are in your dotage, is browse through your blog.

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  • Because of wrecked pensions and the fact that people are dedicating all their financial resources into buying their home actually it WILL matter what its worth when you are forced in dotage to draw on it to put food on the table.

    Leaseholders Stabbed in The Back

  • As petulance and lust belong to the young more than to the old, yet not to all young men, but to those who are not virtuous; so that senile folly, which is commonly called dotage, belongs to weak old men, and not to all.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome

  • a stranger, who I could urge no claim of consanguinity upon him, absolutely astonished them; and their resentment at his caprice -- or rather what they termed his dotage -- was not only deep, but loud.

    The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • What exactly am I paying taxes and National Insurance AND a private pension for if I then have to pay extra tax to be cared for in my dotage, which is also on top of all the extra "stealth" taxes I am paying now (petrol, VAT taxes on savigs etc) plus the extra ones dreamed up to plug the hole in the national budget.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • The common sort define it to be a kind of dotage without a fever, having for his ordinary companions, fear and sadness, without any apparent occasion.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Towards the end he fell into a kind of dotage; his family must entertain him with games of tin soldiers, which he took

    Records of a Family of Engineers

  • Two days he continued quiet in the old nook by the hearth, apparently in a kind of dotage doze; but on the third, he began to poke about, hobbled into the dairy, peered into the churn, touched the skimmer.

    The Lord of the Sea

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