dotard

noun

dot·​ard ˈdō-tərd How to pronounce dotard (audio)
: a person in his or her dotage

Examples of dotard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gary Chryst, the most admired artist of the Joffrey Ballet of yore appearing with Ballet Theater as a guest, makes Dodon a rivetingly doting dotard. Alastair MacAulay, New York Times, 7 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dotard was in the 14th century

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“Dotard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dotard. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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