Definition of dotty in English:

dotty

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒti
 
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adjective (dottier, dottiest)

British informal
1Eccentric or slightly mad: a dotty old lady
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  • I want to see those great windows again; it's 25 years since I was last there: a dingy neoclassical mansion with two elderly Gore-Booth sisters and a slightly dotty and antique brother showing visitors around.
  • The Suimin, or sleep room, is one of those slightly dotty inventions that the Japanese seem to specialise in, a hi-tech bedroom that offers sleep-deprived Tokyoites at least a few minutes of unbroken slumber.
  • They do it on purpose, I know they do, so as firmly to establish your new status as a slightly dotty old age pensioner, grateful for anything you can get but never quite understanding it, and completely uncertain about everything.
1.1 (dotty about) Infatuated with: she’s dotty about her husband
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  • Indeed, one might say the king was a bit dotty about these handsome little dogs, who were invariably black and tan and who graced the paintings of Titian, Van Dyck and other artists.
  • Are you a US-based S&T reader who is dotty about soccer?
  • My Mum is dotty about sheep.

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from obsolete dote 'simpleton, fool', apparently from Dutch dote 'folly'.

Derivatives

dottily

adverb
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  • That is the question being asked at this most prestigious of festivals, after a long series of productions of operas by the town's most famous son that at best must be counted perverse and at worst dottily destructive.
  • In the way is one of his long series of dottily philosophical villains who controls a mine where the workers are badly exploited.
  • The last section is outtakes, titled, charmingly if a little dottily, ‘A Lagniappe for the Reader.’

dottiness

noun
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  • He evidently conceived something English in his dottiness; he is described as ‘un vrai gentleman ‘and there are Anglophile touches such as holidaymakers crowding to get the latest Daily Telegraph.’
  • Even California can't compete with this kind of dottiness.
  • But this verdict, arrived at by the 600 experts, contains the same level of dottiness at play in all the other crass errors of judgement on the list.

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