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addlepated

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adjective ad·dle·pat·ed \ˈa-dəl-ˌpā-təd\

Definition of addlepated

  1. 1 :  being mixed up :  confused

  2. 2 :  eccentric



Examples of addlepated in a sentence

  1. <some addlepated clerk had confused our hotel reservation with that of another, similarly named, party>



Did You Know?

In Middle English an adel eye was a putrid egg. The stench of such an egg apparently affected the minds of some witty thinkers, who hatched a comparison between the diminished, unsound quality of an adel (or addle) egg and an empty, confused head-or pate. "Your owne imagination, which was no lesse Idle, then your head was addle all that day," wrote one 17th-century wit at play with the words idle and addle. Today, addle is often found in combination with words referring to one's noggin, as in addlepated, addlebrained, and addle-headed.

1630

First Known Use of addlepated

1630


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