Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.  “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.
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