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


[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
decay of wood.
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


verb (intransitive)
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
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



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.

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