Adj. Eccentric or slightly mad. E.g."My dotty Auntie Ethel is visiting this weekend." Informal

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  • dotty — (adj.) 1812, full of dots, from DOT (Cf. dot) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Meaning silly is from c.1400, in dotypolle dotty poll (i.e. dotty head ), in which case the first element is from DOTE (Cf. dote) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dotty — may refer to: dotty, a graph editor, see Graphviz. a fantasy novel by R. A. Lafferty. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may …   Wikipedia

  • Dotty — Dot ty, a. [From 2d {Dot}.] 1. Composed of, or characterized by, dots. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. [Perh. a different word; cf. {Totty}.] Unsteady in gait; hence, feeble; half witted. [Eng.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dotty — [adj] crazy absurd, daft, demented, disturbed, eccentric, foolish, goofy*, loony*, mentally unbalanced, nuts*, nutty, odd, peculiar, queer, ridiculous, strange, twisted, unconventional, weird; concept 403 …   New thesaurus

  • dotty — ► ADJECTIVE (dottier, dottiest) informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ slightly mad or eccentric. DERIVATIVES dottily adverb dottiness noun. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete dote simpleton, fool …   English terms dictionary

  • dotty — dotty1 [dät′ē] adj. dottier, dottiest [< DOT1 + Y2] dotted dotty2 [dät′ē] adj. dottier, dottiest [< ME dotti , silly < doten …   English World dictionary

  • dotty — UK [ˈdɒtɪ] / US [ˈdɑtɪ] adjective Word forms dotty : adjective dotty comparative dottier superlative dottiest informal old fashioned 1) slightly crazy 2) loving someone or something very much dotty about: She s dotty about him …   English dictionary

  • dotty — I. adjective (dottier; est) Etymology: alteration of Scots dottle fool, from Middle English dotel, from doten Date: 15th century 1. a. mentally unbalanced ; crazy b. amiably eccentric < a dotty old relative > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dotty — dot|ty [ˈdɔti US ˈda:ti] adj old fashioned informal [Date: 1800 1900; : Scottish English; Origin: dottle stupid person , from dote to be stupid (12 19 centuries)] 1.) slightly crazy 2.) dotty about sb/sth liking or loving someone or something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dotty — [[t]dɒ̱ti[/t]] dottier, dottiest ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is dotty, you mean that they are slightly mad or likely to do strange things. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] She was obviously going a bit dotty. Syn: eccentric …   English dictionary

  • dotty — adjective informal especially BrE 1 slightly crazy or likely to behave strangely 2 dotty about sb/sth very fond of or interested in someone or something: Gemma s dotty about horses …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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