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  • adv. In a dotty manner.

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  • adv. in a mildly insane manner


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dotty +‎ -ly


  • I imagine that if I found myself in an airport with Fitz, I would be beaming more or less dottily in his direction too.

    Firedoglake » Some Thoughts on Fitz, Rove and Things

  • She remembered Kanner -- remembered, also, Caris 'uneasiness at operating without a master, or with only the dottily masterful Antryg to give him orders.

    The Silent Tower

  • A distinguished German-born costume and prop designer who spent her last years presiding over a rambling lodger-filled Victorian mansion in Leeds, Pfaffinger cut a dottily stylish figure, sporting well into middle age a daily uniform of platform boots and pink boiler suit which belied her perfectionism and nun-like dedication to her craft. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • This is not the world of the sixties and seventies, when the dottily impassioned swore that, within X years, the world would end in fire and many rational folk believed them.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • On a stage set resembling a lecture hall after some particularly brutal budget cuts, Wilby, in lab coat and safety goggles, rattles dottily through the way our minds work with the aid of a table of cheap props.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Husband Myron, played particularly dottily by Derek Boyes, is too wrapped up in dreams of winning lottery tickets to intervene in the family's dramas, while grandpa Jacob (William Webster) is too weak and old to stop Bessie's plots.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Between the beloved first lady of Broadway, Angela Lansbury, for her dottily irresistible Madame Arcati in the mediocre revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, and the amazing Amanda Root for her hilariously exact portrait of British middle-class bossiness and bristling resentment in The Norman Conquests.

    Tony S. at the Tonys

  • “Don’t,” she found herself dottily wishing, “let anything beastly happen.

    Tied Up in Tinsel


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