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An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.
retired person, pensioner, old-age pensioner, oapView synonyms
- ‘But his would-be debonair, self-satisfied yet insecure dotard could not be more appropriately laughable or pitiful.’
- ‘Which, unfortunately, the wilting dotards are too frightened to do themselves.’
- ‘In Laputa Gulliver finds the wise men so wrapped up in their speculations as to be utter dotards in practical affairs.’
- ‘Some people, including some opponents, seem to feel that this malevolent dotard was, somewhere, innocent of proper thought and responsibility.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from dote + -ard.
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