adjective ad·dle–head·ed \ˈa-dəl-¦he-dəd\

Definition of addle–headed

  1. :  eccentrically or annoyingly confused, silly, or stupid :  addlepated As a matter of fact, it was a silly thing to do. I am not as a rule, addle-headed; his influence must have affected me. — Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men on Wheels, 1900 … a tender, funny tribute that may surprise fans of the endearingly addle-headed housewife that Allen played for years on radio and television. — Kim Hubbard, People, 31 Oct. 1988

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a brief usually trivial fact

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