- 1 [with object] chiefly • humorous Make (someone) 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.
- 2 [no object] (Of an egg) become rotten, producing no chick.More example sentences
- DNR's mute swan management plan also called for non-lethal population control methods, such as egg addling and relocating birds from sensitive areas.
- All management activities, including egg addling, have stopped pending review of the plan.
- And our dwindling supply of eggs is getting more addled with every day that ticks by.
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Middle English (in sense 2 of the adjective): from Old English adela 'liquid filth', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel 'mire, puddle'.
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