What does DOTE mean?

Definitions for DOTEdoʊt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word DOTE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dote(verb)

    be foolish or senile due to old age

  2. dote(verb)

    shower with love; show excessive affection for

    "Grandmother dotes on her the twins"


  1. dote(Noun)

    A darling, a cutie.

  2. dote(Verb)

    To be excessively fond of.

    Little Bill's parents just keep doting on him.

  3. dote(Verb)

    To act in a foolish manner.

  4. Origin: From doten; compare to Germanic dotten, "to be foolish".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dote(noun)

    a marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st Dot, n

  2. Dote(noun)

    natural endowments

  3. Dote(verb)

    to act foolishly

  4. Dote(verb)

    to be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel

  5. Dote(verb)

    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

  6. Dote(noun)

    an imbecile; a dotard

  7. Origin: [See Dot dowry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dote

    dōt, v.i. (arch.) to be stupid or foolish: to be weakly affectionate: to show excessive love—formerly also spelt Doat.—ns. Dōt′age, a doting: childishness of old age: excessive fondness; Dōt′ant (Shak.), a dotard; Dōt′ard, one who dotes: one showing the weakness of old age, or excessive fondness.—adj. Dōt′ed (Spens.), stupid.—n. Dōt′er, one who dotes.—p.adj. and n. Dōt′ing.—adjs. Dōt′ish, silly; Dot′tle (Scot.), stupid.—n. a dotard.—adj. Dot′ty, feeble in mind: tottering. [Old Dut. doten, to be silly, Scot. doitet, stupid; Fr. radoter, to rave, is from the same root.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dote

    old, adj. ; less formal, silly, foolish, (n., v. t.)

    old: He is in his dotage.; He is a dotard. silly foolish: He really dotes on his grandchildren.; When it comes to his grandchildren, he is such a dotard.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOTE in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOTE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    I dote on his very absence.

  2. Walt Whitman:

    I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.

  3. Michael Hardaway:

    Only the weak rest on their laurels and dote on past triumphs.

  4. Edward Young:

    Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.

  5. Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire I, l. 89):

    Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • оглупявам, влюбвам се до уши, изкуфявамBulgarian
  • schwärmenGerman
  • adorarSpanish
  • hölmöillä, söpöläinen, jumaloidaFinnish
  • whakamatariki, whakamaimoaMāori
  • dollen, schat, dot, dol zijn opDutch
  • душечка, души не чаять, впадать в старческий маразм, выживать из ума, милашка, обожатьRussian

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