Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DOTTEREL, n. Also dottrell. A dotard (Slg.3 1940). Also in n.Eng. dial. [′dɔt(ə)rəl] Cai. 1869  M. Maclennan Peasant Life 271:
“Gang in, ye dottrell!” cried the furious woman.
Ags. 1896  J. M. Barrie Sentimental Tommy xxxiii.:
Nobody wants to hear what you said, you dotterel.
m.Sc. 1898  J. Buchan John Burnet ii. ii.:
Kate'll look after thae auld dotterels.

[From dote, to be foolish, + suff. -rel.]

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