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

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he's now in that stage of his dotage where he has trouble remembering the simplest things
Recent Examples on the Web Petty’s best music doesn’t age into dotage like so many of his contemporaries. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 The street has four dowager homes, several well into their dotage. Michael Powell, New York Times, "LeBron James Delivered. Now Does He Exit?," 7 June 2018 Three years later, my friend still believes that Harper Lee was tricked, in her dotage, into shredding the image of perhaps the only white Alabamian other than Helen Keller to be admired around the world. Howell Raines, New York Times, "Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch," 18 June 2018 Most were big men who could take up residence in the low post and didn't always have to run the court in their dotage. Chris Fedor,, "Watch LeBron James' historic basket, as he sets NBA record with 867th consecutive game scoring at least 10 points," 31 Mar. 2018 In minimalist verse, Lesa Cline-Ransome begins with the woman in her dotage, then walks readers back through her years as suffragist, spy and liberator — but also, importantly, as a woman who simply wanted to be free. Rumaan Alam, New York Times, "Children’s Books About Black History, Heavy on Biographies," 2 Feb. 2018 Take measures to avoid becoming one of those people who, in their dotage, walks around town with a parrot on their shoulders, smiling broadly despite the fact that its claws are really digging into their flesh. WSJ, "101 Impressive Things to Do Before You Die (At Age 101)," 26 Oct. 2017 Knowing that no one is OBLIGATED to take care of me in my dotage has probably made me a better person— Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: A President and His Party," 24 Aug. 2017

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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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The first known use of dotage was in the 15th century

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“Dotage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dotage

: the period of old age : the time when a person is old and often less able to remember or do things


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Medical Definition of dotage

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

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