An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.
- Which, unfortunately, the wilting dotards are too frightened to do themselves.
- He wants to reform the impossibly cliquey party, long ruled by smug dotards who have turned political nest-feathering into a national art-form to rival ikebana and origami.
- In Laputa Gulliver finds the wise men so wrapped up in their speculations as to be utter dotards in practical affairs.
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