Addle meaning

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To make or become muddled or confused.
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To become rotten, as an egg.
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Muddled; confused.

Addlebrained.

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(provincial, Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — Forby.
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(provincial, Northern England) To thrive or grow; to ripen.

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Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid.
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(by extension) Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. John Dryden.
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Addled.
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(provincial) Lees; dregs.

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To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain.

"Their eggs were addled." William Cowper.

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To cause fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.
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A foolish or dull-witted fellow.
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The definition of addle refers to causing someone to become confused or to becoming unable to think clearly.

The elderly who do difficult tasks that fluster them is an example of addle.

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Addle is defined as something that becomes spoiled.

Milk that has gone bad without refrigeration is an example of addle.

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Addle means someone who is confused or not thinking right.

An example of addle is a person who has amnesia and who isn't sure where he is.

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To cause (someone) to think unclearly; confuse.
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To become confused.
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Rotten.
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To make or become rotten.
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Origin of addle

  • From Middle English adel rotten from Old English adel pool of excrement

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English adel (“rotten”), from Old English adel, adela (“mire, pool, liquid excrement”), from Proto-Germanic *adalaz, *adalą (“cattle urine, liquid manure”). Akin to Saterland Frisian adel "dung", Middle Low German adele "mud, liquid manure" (Dutch aal "puddle"), Old Swedish adel "urine".

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English addlen, from Old English edlēan (“reward, pay-back”), edlēanian (“to reward, recompense”); or of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse ǫðlask (“to gain possession of property”), from ōðal (“owndom, property”).

    From Wiktionary