Dote

Definition of Dote

n.1.A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st Dot, n.
2.Natural endowments.
v. i.1.To act foolishly.
[imp. & p. p. Doted; p. pr. & vb. n. Doting.]
He wol make him doten anon right.
- Chaucer.
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.
Time has made you dote, and vainly tell
Of arms imagined in your lonely cell.
- Dryden.
He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died.
- South.
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.
Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote.
- Shak.
What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love.
- Pope.
n.1.An imbecile; a dotard.

Related Words

adore, babble, be fond of, be insane, be stupid, blather, blither, burble, dither, drivel, drool, enjoy, fancy, have a demon, hold dear, idolize, like, love, make much of, maunder, rage, ramble, rant, rave, run amok, run mad, slaver, slobber, spoil, wander, worship
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