ad·​dled | \ ˈa-dᵊld How to pronounce addled (audio) \

Definition of addled

1 : thrown into confusion : confused his addled brain/mind … vainly endeavouring to master some task … which, to the addled brain of the crushed boy of nineteen, was a sealed and hopeless mystery.— Charles Dickens
2 of an egg : rotten, addle She was romantic, she was sentimental, she had a passion for little secrets and mysteries—a very innocent passion, for her secrets had hitherto always been as unpractical as addled eggs.— Henry James

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Recent Examples on the Web Even his addled brain comprehends that only one other creature on Earth understands his true nature. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Godzilla vs. Kong Pairs Two Formidable Monster Foes—Too Bad About the People," 31 Mar. 2021 The dual-density foam compound is seriously peppy yet still somehow forgiving enough for my addled ankle tendons. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Gear Our Editors Loved in February," 4 Mar. 2021 Emily resists but soon joins in, the Nancy to his addled Midwestern Sid. Leah Greenblatt,, "Tom Holland drug drama Cherry can't shake its clichés: Review," 25 Feb. 2021 In our addled mind, O Constitutional Scholar, any slowdown in traffic on I-40 between Maumelle and Conway is from congestion created by the thousands of people who live between those two fast-growing cities. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Speed fluid subject for I-40 stretch," 17 Oct. 2020 His reply felt like a revelation to my quarantine-addled mind. Adam Lukach,, "Six months into a pandemic and dreaming about sitting at a bar again," 18 Sep. 2020 The goal is to restore a level playing field between deep-pocketed member states such as Germany that have showered their firms with state aid and others such as debt-addled Italy that can’t match that spending power. Aoife White,, "Germany’s Virus Aid Is More Than Half Total for Entire EU," 18 May 2020 The prose is frenetic, addled, guileless; Dunn was having so much fun. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Discovering Katherine Dunn’s Unpublished Work," 4 May 2020 Some characters return, and the primary antagonist remains the same: a shadowy military contractor whose employees and clients often wind up addled and traumatized. Noel Murray, New York Times, "The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in May," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of addled

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addled

variant of addle entry 1, with the adjective suffix -ed entry 1

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13 Apr 2021

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“Addled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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