Definition of addle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈad(ə)l


  • 2 [no object] (Of an egg) become rotten, producing no chick.
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    • 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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  • 1 [in combination] Not clear or cogent; muddled: the film is addle-brained
  • 2 archaic (Of an egg) rotten.


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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