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addle

adjective ad·dle \ ˈa-dᵊl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of addle

1 of an egg : rotten
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- (in adel eye "putrid egg"), attributive use of Old English adela "filth, filthy or foul-smelling place," going back to Germanic *adela-, *adelōn- (whence Middle Dutch ael "liquid manure," Middle Low German ādel, ādele, Middle High German —east Upper German— adel, regional Swedish adel, al "animal urine"), of obscure origin


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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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Origin and Etymology of addle

probably back-formation from addled


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

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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