- intoxicated; drunk: We found him besotted with wine.
- infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby; They had one date and he was utterly besotted.
verb (used with object), be·sot·ted, be·sot·ting.
- to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
- to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
- to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.
- stupefied with drink; intoxicated
- infatuated; doting
- foolish; muddled
past participle adjective from besot.
“affect with a foolish manifestation,” 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.