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A person who is in his or her dotage.

[Middle English, from doten, to dote.]
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a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility
[C14: from dote + -ard]
ˈdotardly adj
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(ˈdoʊ tərd)

a senile person.
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Noun1.dotard - an oldster in his dotage; someone whose age has impaired his intellect
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References in classic literature ?
In the first place he was sorry that Natasha, for whom he cared more than for anyone else in the family, should be lost to the home; and secondly, from his hussar point of view, he regretted not to have been there to show that fellow Bolkonski that connection with him was no such great honor after all, and that if he loved Natasha he might dispense with permission from his dotard father.
Bid the soldiers forward, and give the dotard the same choice that you give all his countrymen--to stand aside or be trampled on!"
Fond dotard! with such tickled ears as thou dost Come to thy tale.”—Duo.
Though the good people of the Parsonage never went to the Hall and shunned the horrid old dotard its owner, yet they kept a strict knowledge of all that happened there, and were looking out every day for the catastrophe for which Miss Horrocks was also eager.
'And this, like every other trouble and anxiety I have had of late times, springs from that old dotard and his darling child--two wretched feeble wanderers!
The young man gave the matter but little thought, usually passing it off as the foolish whim of an old dotard; but he humored it nevertheless.
"`The man, the woman and their litter'--so ran the words of the dotard bailiff.
The gentleman next door had been vilified by Nicholas; rudely stigmatised as a dotard and an idiot; and for these attacks upon his understanding, Mrs Nickleby was, in some sort, accountable.
``Away with this prating dotard,'' said Front-de B uf,
I attended the public lectures, but I no longer paid any attention to the professors, who, in my opinion, were a set of dotards. I had already broken my idols--I became a Parisian.
dotard" (by Kim) and threats to destroy one other have given way to on-again, off-again talks, professions of love and flowery letters.
Smiling Kim, who once called the president "a mentally-deranged US dotard", told him: "Good to see you again.