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adjective ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\

Definition of addle

  1. 1 of an egg :  rotten

  2. 2 :  confused

Examples of addle in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of addle

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


First Known Use: 1682


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verb ad·dle

Definition of addle

addled

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addling

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  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 in a sentence

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

  2. Their brains were addled with fear.

1652

First Known Use of addle

1652


ADDLE Defined for English Language Learners


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verb ad·dle

Definition of addle for English Language Learners

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


ADDLE Defined for Kids

addle

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verb ad·dle \ˈa-dəl\

Definition of addle for Students

addled

addling

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



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