Definition of dotty in English:



  • 1Eccentric or slightly mad.

    ‘a dotty old lady’
    • ‘We were considered dotty then to have put a gallery in Collingwood.’
    • ‘Back then, he seemed to be living on another planet, a delightfully dotty and scholarly man untouched by the more mundane aspects of the modern world.’
    • ‘But as Kris Kringle, he played a slightly dotty old fellow who believes he's really Santa Claus - and actually may be, after all.’
    • ‘Each life discussed here is, in its own way spectacular, a far cry from the popular image of the Victorian female folklorist as a harmless, if slightly dotty, amateur sitting at home waxing lyrical about fairies and Morris dancing.’
    • ‘He painted a delightful, if slightly dotty, portrait of him in the early decades of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She's eccentric but never dotty and, unlike some Arcatis, her femininity is never in doubt.’
    • ‘His dotty malapropisms often misrepresent him as a man closer to senility than sense but, at 69, he is still sharp enough to be able to match Fergie in the mental boxing ring.’
    • ‘A grand-daughter helping her slightly dotty grand-dad tie his tie is the sort of schmaltz that sucks me in.’
    • ‘Slightly dotty but with a taste for high-risk gambles, Henderson hired the seasoned pro Van Damm to manage the Windmill.’
    • ‘Sheep wandered in and out like slightly dotty long-term guests who haven't noticed that their hosts have left.’
    • ‘His dotty brand of bush psychology didn't deserve a response - not even a laugh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They would make great presents for kids or dotty uncles.’
    • ‘And is it better to have one sane and one mad mother/mother-in-law, or is better that they are both equally just slightly dotty?’
    • ‘It's just as dotty to say short people are more at risk because they are nearer bus exhaust pipes.’
    • ‘It's driving me and my grandchildren dotty not knowing.’
    • ‘In the scenes in which she was abused by the vindictive villagers, Doone gave a moving representation of the ruffled pride of the old and slightly dotty.’
    • ‘In those months, Plath lived above a slightly dotty old man who was one of the unreliable narrators of the Plath legend and the last person to see her alive (he is played here by Gambon).’
    insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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    1. 1.1Infatuated with.
      ‘she's dotty about her husband’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My Mum is dotty about sheep.’
      • ‘Are you a US-based S&T reader who is dotty about soccer?’
      in love with, infatuated with, besotted with, smitten with, love-struck by, captivated by, charmed by, enchanted by, fascinated by, bewitched by, beguiled by, enthralled by, entranced by, enraptured by, keen on, taken with, head over heels for, under the spell of, consumed with desire for
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Late 19th century: perhaps from obsolete dote ‘simpleton, fool’, apparently from Dutch dote folly.