dot·​ard | \ ˈdō-tərd How to pronounce dotard (audio) \

Definition of dotard

: a person in his or her dotage

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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, "‘The Golden Cockerel’ Is a Ballet Bird With a Kick ," 7 June 2016

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First Known Use of dotard

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dotard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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dot·​ard | \ ˈdōt-ərd How to pronounce dotard (audio) \

Medical Definition of dotard

: a person in his or her dotage

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