Long divorced, he doted on his grown children and guarded his solitude.
Pal Rich Collins says Nancy doted on Adam but was terribly sad that her son never “hugged her back.”
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.