[ doh-terd ]
/ ˈdoʊ tərd /
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a person exhibiting a decline in mental faculties, especially as a result of aging.
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Origin of dotard
OTHER WORDS FROM dotarddo·tard·ly, adverb
Words nearby dotard
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British Dictionary definitions for dotard
/ (ˈdəʊtəd) /
a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility
Derived forms of dotarddotardly, adjective
Word Origin for dotard
C14: from dote + -ard
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