dottiness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dotty +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

dottiness (usually uncountable, plural dottinesses)

  1. The state of quality of being covered in dots.
    • 2003, David C. Kay, William Steinmetz, Paint Shop Pro 8 For Dummies (page 115)
      As in the center of Figure 6-3, a single stroke may reveal the inherent dottiness of computer stroking, which you can minimize by reducing the Step value on the Tool Options palette.
  2. The state or quality of being dotty, mildly insane or preoccupied.
    • 2009 May 17, Charles Mcgrath, “Her Magic Act: Transforming Herself Nightly”, in New York Times[1]:
      She needs to be simultaneously preposterous and entirely serious, and Angela Lansbury, in her Tony-nominated performance in the current revival at the Shubert Theater, is a whirlwind of dottiness with a ramrod spine of practicality.

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