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adjective ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\

Definition of addle

  1. 1 of an egg :  rotten

  2. 2 :  confused



Examples of addle

  1. <my brain grew more and more addle as I made my way through the tax instructions>



Origin of addle

Middle English adel filth, from Old English adela; akin to Middle Low German adele liquid manure


First Known Use: 1682

Rhymes with addle


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addle

verb ad·dle

Simple Definition of addle

  • : to make (someone's mind or brain) unable to think clearly

Full Definition of addle

ad·dledad·dlingplay \ˈad-liŋ, ˈa-dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to throw into confusion :  confound

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to become rotten :  spoil

  5. 2 :  to become confused

Examples of addle

  1. It's a dangerous poison that's strong enough to addle the brain.

  2. Their brains were addled with fear.



1682

First Known Use of addle

1682


ADDLE Defined for Kids

addle

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verb ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\

Definition of addle

ad·dledad·dling

  1. :  to make or become confused <She was addled by the many detours.>





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