besotted

adjective be·sot·ted \ bi-ˈsä-təd , bē- \
Updated on: 18 Mar 2018

Definition of besotted

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 : 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

besottedly

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

besottedness

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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First Known Use of besotted

1580

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of besotted


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