dotage


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to dotage: dote

dot·age

 (dō′tĭj)
n.
A deterioration of mental faculties associated with aging.

[Middle English, from doten, to dote.]

dotage

(ˈdəʊtɪdʒ)
n
1. feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
2. foolish infatuation
[C14: from dote + -age]

dot•age

(ˈdoʊ tɪdʒ)

n.
1. a decline of mental faculties, esp. as associated with old age; senility.
2. excessive or foolish affection.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dotage - mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
eld, geezerhood, old age, years, age - a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood"

dotage

noun old age, senility, advanced years, decrepitude, second childhood, eld (archaic), elderliness, autumn or winter of your years, agedness He's spending his dotage in a riverside cottage.

dotage

noun
The condition of being senile:
Translations

dotage

[ˈdəʊtɪdʒ] Nchochez f
to be in one's dotagechochear, estar chocho

dotage

[ˈdəʊtɪdʒ] n (= old age) → vieux jours mpl
to be in one's dotage → être dans ses vieux jours

dotage

nSenilität f, → Altersschwäche f; to be in one’s dotagein seiner zweiten Kindheit sein, senil sein; he’s spending his dotage in the south of Franceer verbringt seinen Lebensabend in Südfrankreich

dotage

[ˈdəʊtɪdʒ] n to be in one's dotageessere rimbambito/a

do·tage

n. senilidad, chochera, chochez.
References in classic literature ?
The contemptuously respectful attitude of the younger men to the old man in his dotage was expressed in the highest degree by the behavior of Chichagov, who knew of the accusations that were being directed against Kutuzov.
The least miserable among them appear to be those who turn to dotage, and entirely lose their memories; these meet with more pity and assistance, because they want many bad qualities which abound in others.
Major Effingham, in declining the liberal offers of the British ministry, had subjected himself to the suspicion of having attained his dotage, by all those who throng the avenues to court patronage, even in the remotest corners of that vast empire; but, when he thus voluntarily stripped himself of his great personal wealth, the remainder of the community seemed instinctively to adopt the conclusion also that he had reached a second childhood.
But, no, no; Porthos is not yet an invalid, nor is Aramis in his dotage.
They looked as if they had never known what youth or pleasure was, but had been the offspring of Nature's dotage, and always the gray, decrepit, sapless, miserable creatures, who now sat stooping round the doctor's table, without life enough in their souls or bodies to be animated even by the prospect of growing young again.
At the present moment they sat there silent, like two persons in their dotage, gazing about them at things they did not see.
I may be an old woman, but I am not in my dotage yet
The horror of Pitt Crawley may be imagined, as these reports of his father's dotage reached the most exemplary and correct of gentlemen.
I suppose the old gentleman was in his dotage, for he manifested in various ways the characteristics which mark this particular stage of life.
The insignificant testament, the last dotage of a decrepit grand art falling back into infancy before it dies.
He said this with such evident surprise that I was perplexed what answer to make, and the more so because coupled with something feeble and wandering in his manner, there were in his face marks of deep and anxious thought which convinced me that he could not be, as I had been at first inclined to suppose, in a state of dotage or imbecility.
To remind'; and passed the intervening period in a state of dotage.