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Pronunciation: /ˈad(ə)l
 
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Definition of addle in English:

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.
Example sentences
  • There is an unpleasant smell in the goose shed and we suspect that the early laid eggs have addled.
  • At 106 degrees, the eggs will addle (become unviable) or nestlings will die of heat stress.
  • If a bird keeps leaving her eggs and only pops in for a quick visit from time to time, the eggs will addle and come to nothing.

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'.

More
  • 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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