3. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; with on or upon; as,
the mother dotes on her child.
Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote.Shak.
What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love.Pope.
(Dote), n. An imbecile; a dotard. Halliwell.
1. Stupid; foolish. [Obs.]
Senseless speech and doted ignorance.Spenser.
2. Half-rotten; as, doted wood. [Local, U. S.]
(Dote"head`) n. A dotard. [R.] Tyndale.
1. One who dotes; a man whose understanding is enfeebled by age; a dotard. Burton.
2. One excessively fond, or weak in love. Shak.
(Dot"er*y) n. The acts or speech of a dotard; drivel. [R.]
(Doth) 3d pers. sing. pres. of Do.
(Dot"ing) a. That dotes; silly; excessively fond. Dot"ing*ly, adv. Dot"ing*ness, n.
(Dot"ish), a. Foolish; weak; imbecile. Sir W. Scott.
(Dot"tard) n. [For Dotard ?] An old, decayed tree. [R.] Bacon.
Dotted note (Mus.), a note followed by a dot to indicate an increase of length equal to one half of its
simple value; thus, a dotted semibreve is equal to three minims, and a dotted quarter to three eighth
notes. Dotted rest, a rest lengthened by a dot in the same manner as a dotted note.
(Dot"ted) a. Marked with, or made of, dots or small spots; diversified with small, detached objects.
Notes and rests are sometimes followed by two dots, to indicate an increase of length equal to three
quarters of their simple value, and they are then said to be double-dotted.
(Dot"ter*el) a. [Cf. Dottard.] Decayed. "Some old dotterel trees." [Obs.] Ascham.
(Dot"ter*el), n. [From Dote, v. i.]
1. (Zoöl.) A European bird of the Plover family (Eudromias, or Charadrius, morinellus). It is tame and
easily taken, and is popularly believed to imitate the movements of the fowler.
In catching of dotterels we see how the foolish bird playeth the ape in gestures.Bacon.
The ringed dotterel (or ring plover) is Charadrius hiaticula.
2. A silly fellow; a dupe; a gull. Barrow.
(Dot"ting pen`) See under Pun.