ad·​dle·​pat·​ed | \ ˈa-dᵊl-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce addlepated (audio) \

Definition of addlepated

1 : being mixed up : confused

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In Middle English an adel eye was a putrid egg. The stench of such an egg apparently affected the minds of some witty thinkers, who hatched a comparison between the diminished, unsound quality of an adel (or addle) egg and an empty, confused head-or pate. "Your owne imagination, which was no lesse Idle, then your head was addle all that day," wrote one 17th-century wit at play with the words idle and addle. Today, addle is often found in combination with words referring to one's noggin, as in addlepated, addlebrained, and addle-headed.

Examples of addlepated in a Sentence

some addlepated clerk had confused our hotel reservation with that of another, similarly named, party

First Known Use of addlepated

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addlepated

addle entry 1 + pate entry 2 + -ed entry 1

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“Addlepated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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