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addle

play
adjective ad·dle \ ˈa-dᵊl \

Definition of addle

1 of an egg :rotten

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


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addle

verb

Definition of addle

addled; addling play \ˈad-liŋ, ˈa-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
:to throw into confusion :confound
intransitive verb
1 :to become rotten :spoil
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.

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First Known Use of addle

1652


ADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

addle

verb

Definition of addle for English Language Learners

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


ADDLE Defined for Kids

addle

play
verb ad·dle \ ˈa-dᵊl \

Definition of addle for Students

addled; addling
:to make or become confused
  • She was addled by the many detours.


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