Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To show excessive fondness or love.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Same as dot.
  • noun plural Natural gifts or endowments.
  • To endow; give as endowment.
  • noun Decay or rot in timber.
  • noun A dotard.
  • noun A state of stupor; dotage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An imbecile; a dotard.
  • noun A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st dot, n.
  • noun obsolete Natural endowments.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To act foolishly.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To be excessively fond of.
  • verb intransitive, archaic To act in a foolish manner; to be senile.
  • noun Ireland A darling, a cutie.
  • noun obsolete An imbecile; a dotard.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English doten.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English doten; compare to Germanic dotten, "to be foolish".

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