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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdoʊtɪd͡ʒ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdəʊtɪdʒ/
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- Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.
- 1841, Charles Dickens, chapter 1, in The Old Curiosity Shop:
- "More care!" said the old man. […] 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.
- Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii], page 108, column 2:
- Claudio. And ſhe is exceeding wiſe.
Prince. In euery thing, but in louing Benedicke. […] I would ſhee had beſtowed this dotage on mee,
- Foolish utterance(s); drivel.
- (loss of mental acuity associated with aging): second childhood
- Behaviour that is stupid or ill-advised; ridiculousness or insanity:
- Disintegration, rotting, or collapsing.
- English: dotage