adjective be·sot·ted \bi-ˈsä-təd, bē-\

Definition of besotted

  1. 1 :  blindly or utterly infatuated besotted lovers They have a mad affair. He is besotted. But she is an expensive partner, and he needs money to keep her in style. — Newgate Callendar The husband … seems besotted with his wife and horribly jealous of the bird she's protecting. — Edmund White

  2. 2 :  intoxicated or stupefied especially with drink … longed only to get out of the house for a lively evening with his old cronies, who were boorish, bumbling and besotted every last one of them. — Dennis Drabelle We issued into an empty street through a half-open door, staggering like besotted revellers. — Joseph Conrad


adverb She had gone back with him to his flat that first night blindly and besottedly in love with him. — Anne Mulcock


noun I was besotted with the idea and the reality of Venice, and that besottedness has never quite left me … — Erica Jong


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feeling or affected by lethargy

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