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1addle

adjective ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\

Definition of ADDLE

1
of an egg :  rotten
2
:  confused
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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

2addle

verb

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

ad·dledad·dling\ˈad-liŋ, ˈa-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of ADDLE

transitive verb
:  to throw into confusion :  confound
intransitive verb
1
:  to become rotten :  spoil
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.

First Known Use of ADDLE

1682

Rhymes with ADDLE

ADDLED Defined for Kids

addle

verb ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\
ad·dledad·dling

Definition of ADDLE for Kids

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

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