dot·​age | \ ˈdō-tij How to pronounce dotage (audio) \

Definition of dotage

: a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

Examples of dotage in a Sentence

he's now in that stage of his dotage where he has trouble remembering the simplest things
Recent Examples on the Web Barry Bonds, however he was mysteriously fueled in his dotage, was amazing. Bob Ryan,, 24 Sep. 2022 Trevorrow is able to mine from individual action sequences, how tame even T. rex now seems in its late-franchise dotage. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 Matisse is a taste that has, even in my dotage, escaped me. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Maybe one day Joe Biden’s Federal Trade Commission head Lina Khan will offer a similar concession in her dotage. WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 The Angels have spent more than that on Albert Pujols’ dotage. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2021 And those like myself: moderate to intense sports fans ranging in age from adolescence to early dotage. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 Petty’s best music doesn’t age into dotage like so many of his contemporaries. Michael Washburn, Longreads, 9 July 2019 The street has four dowager homes, several well into their dotage. Michael Powell, New York Times, 7 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of dotage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dotage

Middle English, from doten to dote

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“Dotage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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dot·​age | \ ˈdōt-ij How to pronounce dotage (audio) \

Medical Definition of dotage

: a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness


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