ad·​dle-head·​ed ˈa-dəl-¦he-dəd How to pronounce addle-headed (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of addle-headed was in 1600

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“Addle-headed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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