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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DOTTEREL, n. Also dottrell, dothrel. A dotard (Slg.3 1940). Also in n.Eng. dial. [′dɔt(ə)rəl]Sc. 1825 Aberdeen Censor 27:
Peace, peace, you dothrel, we are to punish him.
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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