Definition of addle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadl/


[with object] chiefly humorous
Make unable to think clearly; confuse: being in love must have addled your brain
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  • 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.
muddled, confused, muzzy, fuddled, befuddled, dazed, disoriented, disorientated, fuzzy
informal woozy


(Of an egg) rotten.


Middle English: from Old English adela 'liquid filth', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel 'mire, puddle'.

  • An addled egg is rotten and produces no chick, whereas if your brain is addled you are confused. Originally a rotten egg was described as an addle egg from Old English addle, liquid mud or dung, the sort of stuff you might come across in a farmyard, and which came to describe rotten eggs because of their smell.

Words that rhyme with addle

paddle, saddle, skedaddle, staddle, straddle

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Syllabification: ad·dle

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