verb[with object] chiefly • humorous
- Make unable to think clearly; confuse: being in love must have addled your brainMore example sentences
- He felt silly that he'd allowed her muddled ravings to addle him in the first place.
- We're addled by Arizona's talent, impressed by the Wildcats' intensity, and downright dipsy-doodled by their depth.
- The drugs have addled him so much that it takes pot, alcohol, ecstasy, Special K and GHB to give him that special happy feeling now when he goes out.
adjective• archaic Back to top
Middle English: from Old English adela 'liquid filth', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel 'mire, puddle'.
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