dotty 1[dot-ee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for dotty on adjective, dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est. Informal.

  1. crazy or eccentric.
  2. feeble or unsteady in gait.
  3. very enthusiastic or infatuated (usually followed by about or over).

Origin of dotty 1 1805–15; perhaps dott(ard) variant of dotard + -y1 Related formsdot·ti·ly, adverbdot·ti·ness, noun dotty 2[dot-ee] adjective, dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est.

  1. marked with dots; dotted.

Origin of dotty 2First recorded in 1805–15; dot1 + -y1 Related formsdot·ti·ness, noun Dottie or Dot·ty [dot-ee] noun

  1. a female given name, form of Dorothea and Dorothy.

Related Words for dotty absurd, daft, demented, disturbed, eccentric, foolish, goofy, loony, nuts, nutty, odd, peculiar, queer, ridiculous, strange, twisted, unconventional, weird Examples from the Web for dotty Contemporary Examples of dotty

  • Gustav would later describe his ex-wife, quite accurately, as “dotty, romantic, and forever craving change.”

    World War II’s Most Glamorous Spy: Christine Granville

    Emma Garman

    July 7, 2013

  • Abdul either provides heart or functions as the dotty aunt at the family picnic, depending on your point of view.

    Calling Paula’s Bluff

    Kim Masters

    August 5, 2009

  • Historical Examples of dotty

  • Dotty unrolled herself from the curtain with a triumphant smile.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May

  • Dotty tried to think there might be time enough, after all, to find the rings.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May

  • At the mention of rings, Dotty blushed, and stole a glance at Mrs. Allen.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May

  • Why, Dotty, I’ve excused you to Mrs. Pragoff, and it wouldn’t be polite to go now.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May

  • Dotty, it seems, was feeling very much like a bitter-sour apple.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May

  • British Dictionary definitions for dotty dotty adjective -tier or -tiest

    1. slang, mainly British feeble-minded; slightly crazy
    2. British slang (foll by about) extremely fond (of)
    3. marked with dots

    Derived Formsdottily, adverbdottiness, nounWord Origin for dotty C19: from dot 1 : sense development of 1 from meaning of “unsteady on one’s feet” Word Origin and History for dotty adj.

    1812, “full of dots,” from dot (n.) + -y (2). Meaning “silly” is from c.1400, in dotypolle “dotty poll” (i.e. “dotty head”), in which case the first element is from dote (v.).

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