(plural addle pates)
- 1882, Frank Lee Benedict, Miss Alderly's Law-Suit, published in Peterson's Magazine, volumes 81-82, page 443:
- Then he executed a war-dance, and at its close stepped before Crawford, regarded him for an instant, and croaked out:
- "Addle-pate! Addle-pate!"
- "Upon my word, I believe you are the foul fiend himself," muttered Mark.
- 1910, Grace S. Richmond, Red Pepper Burns:
- “Go to bed, and don't bother your addle pate about your neighbours. Can't a man cut up a few sticks without your coming to investigate?”