doting [doh-ting] ExamplesWord Originadjective
- excessively fond: doting parents.
- showing a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age; weak-minded; senile.
- to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon): They dote on their youngest daughter.
- to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
- decay of wood.
Origin of dote 1175–1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten. Related formsdot·er, noun Related Words for doting affectionate, loving, adoring, devoted, struck, fascinated, fatuous, fond, foolish, lovesick, silly, simple, lovesome Examples from the Web for doting Contemporary Examples of doting
He is also said to have been a good father and now a doting grandfather.
January 15, 2014
There are the doting mother, wild brother, and distant father.
May 14, 2013
The Moscow regime is denying them a chance; a chance at an extraordinary life with doting parents in a wealthier country.
December 31, 2012
Even her husband, a gruff French surgeon who is more “Tiger Mom” than doting dad, thought the email was a bit curt.
December 1, 2012
Put another way, they are what every doting parent wants their precocious toddler to grow up to become.
October 19, 2012
Historical Examples of doting
And how comes it she’s so afraid of the soldiers, if she’s doting?
Charles James Lever
Her hands were fumbling with the clothes of this doting rival.
I was pleased to notice that her nudity did not this time appeal to my doting madness.
The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
I was never able to tell my fond and doting mother that I, like her, had taken a prize.
British Dictionary definitions for doting dote now rarely doat verb (intr)
- (foll by on or upon) to love to an excessive or foolish degree
- to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Formsdoter or now rarely doater, nounWord Origin for dote C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake Word Origin and History for doting dote v.
c.1200, “to be feeble-minded from age,” from Middle Low German doten “be foolish,” of unknown origin. Meaning “to be infatuated” is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.