DOTER

dote

[doht]
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat.
1.
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon ): They dote on their youngest daughter.
2.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
noun
3.
decay of wood.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.

doter, noun
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dote or doat (dəʊt)
 
vb (foll by on or upon)
1.  to love to an excessive or foolish degree
2.  to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
 
[C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake]
 
doat or doat
 
vb
 
[C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake]
 
'doter or doat
 
n
 
'doater or doat
 
n

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dote
c.1200, from M.L.G. doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Dotage, lit. "the state of one who dotes," first recorded late 14c. for "senility." Related: Doted; dotes; doting.
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