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DOIT, v., n.2 Also dite, dight, †doyt(e). †dyte, †doid. [dɔit, dəit]

1. v. Gen. intr.

(1) To be crazed, enfeebled or confused in mind, gen. from old age or drink, to be in one's dotage, to be absent-minded. Gen. found as ppl.adj. doited, -in, irreg. doyte, and as such Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial. With on: to dote on. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 324:
It blather'd Buff before them a', And aftentimes turn'd doited.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary I. i.:
Old doited hag, she's as deaf as a post.
Sh. 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 28:
Lass, du's doitin. What's Jirry Laurenson gaen ta du wi a piana?
Cai. 1922  J. Horne Poems and Plays 11:
A daft an' doitin fool.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 91:
The three men . . . that gaz'd, An' looked doited, speechless, an' bumbaz'd.
Abd. a.1879  W. Forsyth Sel. from Writings (1882) 190:
I dreamt an' I doitit by day an' by nicht.
Abd. 1949 27 :
The aul' man's beginnin' to doit.
Knr. [1886]  “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun, etc. (1925) 185:
Up gat puir Tammy, sair benighted: The heavy fa' had dung him doited.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 11:
You wouldna hae the tither gill? You'll trust me, mair wou'd do you ill, And ding you doitet.
Edb. 1856  J. Ballantine Poems 284:
Your feckless, thowless, Southlan' brats, Dang doyte wi' licks an' lair man.
Bwk. 1823  A. Hewit Poems 126:
For baith bein' dytet, Across the road they took a spin, An' owre they stytet.
Arg. 1901  N. Munro Doom Castle xv.:
Noo he's doited on his hame and his dochter.
Gsw. 1838  A. Rodger Poems 281:
For, sad misluck! without my hat, I doiting cam' awa', man.
Ayr. 1786  Burns To W. Chalmers' Sweetheart (Cent. ed.) i.:
Whyles owre a bush wi' downward crush The doited beastie stammers.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Provost xxxvi.:
Had the woman no been doited with drink, she never would have seen any likeness between him and me.
Slk. 1824  Hogg Confessions 330:
Ye ditit, donnart, deil's burd that ye be!

Hence doity, crazy (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein).

(2) To walk with a stumbling or blundering step (Abd.27 1948; Ayr.4 1928); “to walk drowsily and lazily” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), to amble. Also in Yks. dial. Mry. 1849  A. Blackhall Lays of the North 29:
But now ye doit on death-like shanks.
Bch. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 12:
Now ilk ane dytes wi' fient a mum.
Slg. 1841  R.M.S. Harp of Strila 17:
Belyve, auld Robin stappin' out is seen, He doyts about the door wi' cannie care.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Death Poor Mailie i.:
There, groaning, dying, she did ly, When Hughoc he cam doytan by.
Slk. 1835  Hogg Wars Montrose III. 8:
I was coming doiting up aneath Galashiels this afternoon, among the mist.
Uls. c.1920  J. Logan Ulster in the X-Rays (2nd ed.) vi.:
“Mary doits down the loanin'” means that “she walks slowly down the lane.”

(3) tr. To make confused or stupid. Ags. 1891  J. M. Barrie Little Minister x.:
That was what doited me.

(4) “To nod from sleepiness; to doze over some work or other” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

2. n. A stupid person, a fool, a sot (Sc. 1808 Jam., doit; Per. 1900 E.D.D.; Lnk. 1825 Jam.2, doid); “a heedless youngster who would perhaps mismanage a message” (Ant. 1892 Ballymena Obs.). Sc. 1925  “Domsie” Poems:
For puss, puss, the dawty dight Will no' dover lang.
Sc. 1929  J. S. Buist in Scots Mag. (May) 149:
He'd never been like that doit o' a man o' Tessie's an' taen tae labourin'.
Ags. 1861  R. Leighton Poems 91:
Ye dour auld doit, tak' that.
Dmf. 1874  R. Reid Moorland Rhymes 37:
Dowie and dazed wi' a sair heid-hing, Mair like a doyte than a mortal thing.

[O.Sc. doitit, impaired in intellect, from c.1420, doit, to act foolishly, from 1540. Appar. a variant of Eng. dote, to think or act foolishly. The origin of the diphthong is uncertain: perhaps it arose from a glide developing after the long vowel: cf. a similar change in Doilt, and ? Doist.]

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