Definition of addle in English:

addle

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Pronunciation: /ˈad(ə)l
 
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verb

1 [with object] chiefly humorous Make (someone) unable to think clearly; confuse: being in love must have addled your brain
More 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.
Synonyms
muddled, confused, fuddled, befuddled, bewildered, dazed, dizzy, disoriented, disorientated, stupefied, unbalanced, unhinged, demented, deranged
informal discombobulated, woolly, muzzy, woozy, dopey, not with it, bamboozled, fazed
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.

adjective

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1 [in combination] Not clear or cogent; muddled: the film is addle-brained
2 archaic (Of an egg) rotten.

Origin

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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