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doting

[doh-ting] /ˈdoʊ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
excessively fond:
doting parents.
2.
showing a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age; weak-minded; senile.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; dote + -ing2
Related forms
dotingly, adverb
dotingness, noun
undoting, adjective

dote

[doht] /doʊt/
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.
Related forms
doter, noun
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Examples for doting
  • He was a devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather.
  • From her behavior alone, uniformly doting, you couldn't know which was which.
  • The pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
  • With dozens of campgrounds doting the state, camping is one of many outdoor activities available.
  • Here come the holidays, when doting grandparents, aunts or uncles don't want to arrive empty-handed for family gatherings.
  • He is, by all accounts, a doting and involved father.
  • Having been denied education and material goods as children, many adults wildly overcompensate in doting on their kids.
  • His own testimony clears up any error that may have made him appear to be a doting father.
British Dictionary definitions for doting

dote

/dəʊt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
2.
to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Forms
doter, (now rarely) doater, noun
Word Origin
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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Word Origin and History for doting
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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