- When a grandparent absolutely adores his grandchild and lavishes attention and gifts on her, this is an example of a time when he dotes on her.
- When you are old and feeble minded and mutter things that no longer make sense, this is an example of a time when you dote.
intransitive verbdot′ed, dot′ing
- Archaic to be foolish or weak-minded, esp. because of old age
- to be excessively or foolishly fond: with on or upon
Origin of doteMiddle English doten, akin to MDu, to dote and dotten, to be insane: for Indo-European base see dodder
intransitive verbdot·ed, dot·ing, dotes
Origin of doteMiddle English doten
(third-person singular simple present dotes, present participle doting, simple past and past participle doted)
From Old English doten; compare to Germanic dotten, "to be foolish".