Definition of dotage in US English:



  • The period of life in which a person is old and weak.

    ‘you could live here and look after me in my dotage’
    • ‘Coarse and mischievous - but never too much - his is the good-natured rebellion we all aspire to in our dotage.’
    • ‘This is a sentence that, in my dotage, is far less likely to pass my lips and fingertips than it once was, back when I was positively dripping with vim and vigour.’
    • ‘Makes you wonder whether, in their dotage, a lot of locals regret departing their motherland long ago for this place.’
    • ‘But, in his dotage, he's started to regard the younger generation with affection.’
    • ‘The problem with that, unfortunately, is that in my dotage I have rapidly fading memories, and rapidly fading images in my brain of who I did, and how what and when I did what I did, never mind why.’
    • ‘I am so mellow now in my dotage that no-one bothers to write in to excoriate me any more.’
    • ‘I do know, however, my offspring and others consider me to be in my dotage but in my many years until now, a bankers draft was considered as good as solid gold.’
    • ‘Apart from the 1927 portraits of Atget in his dotage and a single snapshot of him in middle age, we have no access to Atget's face, not in his prime.’
    • ‘I think it's a good thing for Britain, a good thing for you and, more importantly, a good thing for me, because it will have this outcome: a better health service to treat me in my dotage, and better schools to which I can send my children.’
    • ‘Disease and arson brought the village tree down, but my parents seem rather more robust and I imagine them in their dotage as local figures of interest, pointed out by younger folk as the genuine article.’
    • ‘For a great number of those who have followed Celtic for the past four decades believe that the goalkeeping position has not been satisfactorily filled since Simpson, in his dotage, was acquired as a stop-gap in the late 1960s.’
    • ‘Reid is 32, and not exactly in his dotage, though he does laugh when describing Boroughmuir as ‘a young - well, fairly-young - side.’’
    • ‘There are a few Ministers I don't think I've even heard speak in the course of the year, and the grapevine has it that a couple of them are destined for cushy posts in steamy climes to mellow out in their dotage.’
    • ‘In their dotage they meet in the General's isolated castle in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains.’
    • ‘This just goes to prove that if you hang around long enough, and keep taking the pills, your short-trousered fans will eventually grow up to be TV executives who will hire you in your dotage.’
    • ‘The medal that came along with it meanwhile will, Larsson said, be brought out and looked at when he is in his dotage to remind him of his achievements, the Swede baulking at the suggestion he might be tempted to gift it to a close one.’
    • ‘Yet should Faulkner never achieve his aim of breaking into the big time, just being a part of the increasingly high-tech World Rally Championship circus will be enough to sustain him in his dotage.’
    • ‘Self-interest is the key here - will there be enough people working to sustain me in my dotage?’
    • ‘My generation and those before it are counting on there being an unbreakable covenant from the future wealth producers to keep us at a certain standard in our dotage.’
    • ‘The pot of savings to pay today's 20 and 30-year-olds in their dotage is short by something in the order of £57 bn.’
    declining years, autumn of one's life, winter of one's life
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Late Middle English: from dote + -age.