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

  • intransitive v. To show excessive fondness or love: parents who dote on their only child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be excessively fond of.
  • v. To act in a foolish manner; to be senile.
  • n. A darling, a cutie.
  • n. An imbecile; a dotard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st dot, n.
  • n. Natural endowments.
  • n. An imbecile; a dotard.
  • intransitive v. To act foolishly.
  • intransitive v. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel.
  • intransitive v. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be stupid; act like a fool.
  • To be silly or weak-minded from age; have the intellect impaired by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers.
  • To bestow excessive love; lavish extravagant fondness or liking: with on or upon: as, to dote on a sweetheart; he dotes upon oysters.
  • To decay, as a tree.
  • To love to excess.
  • To endow; give as endowment.
  • n. A dotard.
  • n. A state of stupor; dotage.
  • n. Same as dot.
  • n. plural Natural gifts or endowments.
  • n. Decay or rot in timber.

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

  • v. be foolish or senile due to old age
  • v. shower with love; show excessive affection for


Middle English doten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English doten; compare to Germanic dotten, "to be foolish". (Wiktionary)



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