be·​sot·​ted | \ bi-ˈsä-təd How to pronounce besotted (audio) , bē- \

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

Other Words from besotted

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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Recent Examples on the Web Opening April 28 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, the new production, directed by Gordon Greenberg, also stars Aimee Carrero as Honey, Graham Phillips as her husband, Nick, and Calista Flockhart as George’s besotted wife, Martha. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 The bright-sounding Gabriella Reyes had a vibrant Indi Robinson at her side who helped push away the besotted Jaquino, portrayed by the equally lively tenor José Simerilla-Romero and actor Gregor Lopes. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Andreas lives in a deeply religious Bavarian hamlet with Claudia, his besotted, church-frequenting, apron dress wearing wife. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 In 2019, the latest incarnation of Crimso, still fronted by Fripp, embarked on a 50th-anniversary tour, playing dense, precise, and impeccably arranged versions of its pulverizing repertoire before besotted audiences. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 One tells the story of Frank Pike, an ex-I.R.A. fighter recruited by the Nazis to fan anti-British sentiment in Ireland, through the fastidious diary of his besotted German handler, Adrian de Groot. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Only Marian Paroo, the local librarian and music teacher, can save the besotted town from its infatuation with Harold. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Her father was a besotted but amiable cook in the merchant marine who had served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 Daisy Patel had no issues with besotted lovers hiding away in a toilet cubicle for a little covert tongue gymnastics. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 29 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of besotted

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of besotted was in 1580

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8 May 2022

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“Besotted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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