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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!


First Known Use of addle–headed


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up addle–headed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!