Addled
Addle \Ad"dle\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Addled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Addling}.] To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain. ``Their eggs were addled.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

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  • addled — index fatuous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • addled — [adj] confused balled up*, befuddled, bewildered, fouled up*, gone*, mixed up, out of it, punchy, rattled, shaken, shook, shook up, slap happy, thrown, unglued*, woozy*; concept 403 Ant. clear, understanding …   New thesaurus

  • addled — [13] Addled may be traceable back ultimately to a confusion between ‘wind’ and ‘urine’ in Latin. In Middle English the term was adel eye ‘addled egg’. of which the first part derived from Old English adela ‘foul smelling urine or liquid manure’.… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • addled — [13] Addled may be traceable back ultimately to a confusion between ‘wind’ and ‘urine’ in Latin. In Middle English the term was adel eye ‘addled egg’. of which the first part derived from Old English adela ‘foul smelling urine or liquid manure’.… …   Word origins

  • addled — [[t]æ̱d(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as addled, you mean that they are confused or unable to think properly. She wore a sweet and slightly addled expression... You re talking like an addled romantic. Syn: befuddled …   English dictionary

  • addled — addle, addled The usual word now is addled, and is applied (a) to eggs, and (b) figuratively, to brains (i.e. the mind). Originally, addle was a noun meaning ‘stinking urine or other liquid filth’, although its associations have usually been with …   Modern English usage

  • addled — ad|dled [ ædld ] adjective not able to think clearly: In my addled state I couldn t remember for a minute whose house I was in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • addled — adjective 1 an egg that is addled is no longer good to eat 2 confused and unable to think properly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • addled — UK [ˈæd(ə)ld] / US adjective not able to think clearly In my addled mind I decided they were trying to kill me …   English dictionary

  • addled — adjective a) Inviable. Containing a dead embryo. b) Confused; mixed up …   Wiktionary

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