Doting
Dote Dote, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Doted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Doting}.] [OE. doten; akin to OD. doten, D. dutten, to doze, Icel. dotta to nod from sleep, MHG. t?zen to keep still: cf. F. doter, OF. radoter (to dote, rave, talk idly or senselessly), which are from the same source.] [Written also {doat}.] 1. To act foolishly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He wol make him doten anon right. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel. [1913 Webster]

Time has made you dote, and vainly tell Of arms imagined in your lonely cell. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon; as, the mother dotes on her child. [1913 Webster]

Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love. -- Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Doting — Dot ing, a. That dotes; silly; excessively fond. {Dot ing*ly}, adv. {Dot ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doting — fond, devoted, Moving, affectionate Analogous words: infatuated, *enamored: fatuous, foolish, silly, asinine, *simple …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • doting — [adj] indulgent; serving adoring, affectionate, devoted, fascinated, fatuous, fond, foolish, lovesick, lovesome, loving, silly, simple, struck; concept 401 Ant. ignorance, neglect, negligence …   New thesaurus

  • doting — [dōt′iŋ] adj. foolishly or excessively fond dotingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • doting — [[t]do͟ʊtɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that someone is, for example, a doting mother, husband, or friend, you mean that they show a lot of love for someone. His doting parents bought him his first racing bike at 13. Syn: adoring …   English dictionary

  • doting — dotingly, adv. dotingness, n. /doh ting/, adj. 1. excessively fond: doting parents. 2. showing a decline of mental faculties, esp. associated with old age; weak minded; senile. [1480 90; DOTE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • doting — adj. Doting is used with these nouns: ↑father, ↑grandfather, grandmother, ↑grandparent, ↑mother, ↑parent …   Collocations dictionary

  • doting — dot|ing [ doutıŋ ] adjective only before noun a doting relative or friend loves you very much, often so much that they do not notice your faults …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • doting — adjective all her doting admirers Syn: adoring, loving, besotted, infatuated; affectionate, fond, devoted, caring; uxorious …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • doting — UK [ˈdəʊtɪŋ] / US [ˈdoʊtɪŋ] adjective [only before noun] a doting relative or friend loves you very much, often so much that they do not notice your faults …   English dictionary

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