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doat (third-person singular simple present doats, present participle doating, simple past and past participle doated)

  1. Obsolete spelling of dote
    • 1676, Aphra Behn, “The Town-Fop”, in The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. III[1]:
      Ye all doat upon him, but he's not the Man you take him for.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292:
      I took any means to get access to you. O speak to me, Sophia! comfort my bleeding heart. Sure no one ever loved, ever doated like me.
    • 1786, Robert Burns, “Song, Composed in Spring”, in Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns[2]:
      --And maun I still on Menie doat, And bear the scorn that's in her e'e?
    • 1825, William Hazlitt, “Mr. Coleridge”, in The Spirit of the Age [] , London: Printed for Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 813752051:
      We are so far advanced in the Arts and Sciences, that we live in retrospect, and doat on past atchievements[sic].




Borrowed from French doigt (finger) (with modified pronunciation : fr: [dwa] > vo: [doˈat]).



doat (nominative plural doats)

  1. finger


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