dot·​ty | \ ˈdä-tē How to pronounce dotty (audio) \
dottier; dottiest

Definition of dotty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : mentally unbalanced : crazy
b : amiably eccentric a dotty old relative
2 : being obsessed or infatuated dotty fans
3 : amusingly absurd : ridiculous dotty traditions

Definition of dotty (Entry 2 of 2)

: composed of or marked by dots

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Other Words from dotty

Adjective (1)

dottily \ ˈdä-​tə-​lē How to pronounce dotty (audio) \ adverb
dottiness \ ˈdä-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce dotty (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of dotty

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dotty

Adjective (1)

alteration of Scots dottle fool, from Middle English dotel, from doten

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

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“Dotty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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