Dotage to Double-entendre
(Do"tage) n. [From Dote, v. i.]
1. Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as,
a venerable man, now in his dotage.
Capable of distinguishing between the infancy and the dotage of Greek literature.Macaulay.
2. Foolish utterance; drivel.
The sapless dotages of old Paris and Salamanca.Milton.
3. Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection.
The dotage of the nation on presbytery.Bp. Burnet.
(Do"tal) a. [L. dotalis, fr. dos, dotis, dowry: cf. F. dotal. See Dot dowry.] Pertaining to dower,
or a woman's marriage portion; constituting dower, or comprised in it. Garth.
(Do"tant) n. A dotard. [Obs.] Shak.
(Do"tard) n. [Dote, v. i.] One whose mind is impaired by age; one in second childhood.
The sickly dotard wants a wife.Prior.
(Do"tard*ly), a. Foolish; weak. Dr. H. More.
(Do"ta*ry) n. A dotard's weakness; dotage. [Obs.] Drayton.
(Do*ta"tion) n. [LL. dotatio, fr. L. dotare to endow, fr. dos, dotis, dower: cf. F. dotation.
See Dot dowry.]
1. The act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman.
2. Endowment; establishment of funds for support, as of a hospital or eleemosynary corporation. Blackstone.
(Dote) n. [See Dot dowry.]
1. A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st Dot, n. Wyatt.
2. pl. Natural endowments. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Dote), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Doted; p. pr. & vb. n. Doting.] [OE. doten; akin to OD. doten, D.
dutten, to doze, Icel. dotta to nod from sleep, MHG. tzen to keep still: cf. F. doter, OF. radoter which
are from the same source.] [Written also doat.]
1. To act foolishly. [Obs.]
He wol make him doten anon right.Chaucer.
2. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind
wanders or wavers; to drivel.
Time has made you dote, and vainly tellDryden.
Of arms imagined in your lonely cell.
He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died.South.