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adj. dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est
a. Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
b. Amusingly eccentric or unconventional.
c. Ridiculous or absurd: a dotty scheme.
2. Having a feeble or unsteady gait; shaky.
3. Obsessively infatuated or enamored.

[Probably alteration of Scots dottle, silly, from Middle English doten, to dote.]

dot′ti·ly adv.
dot′ti·ness n.
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Adv.1.dottily - in a mildly insane mannerdottily - in a mildly insane manner; "the old lady is beginning to behave quite dottily"
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