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Addle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AD'DLE, a. [Heb. to fail.]
In a morbid state; putrid; applied to eggs.
Hence, barren, producing nothing.
His brains grow addle.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues" [syn: addle, muddle, puddle]
2: become rotten; "addled eggs"

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English adel filth, from Old English adela; akin to Middle Low German adele liquid manure Date: 1682 1. of an egg rotten 2. confused II. verb (addled; addling) Date: 1682 transitive verb to throw into confusion ; confound intransitive verb 1. to become rotten ; spoil 2. to become confused

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & adj. --v. 1 tr. muddle, confuse. 2 intr. (of an egg) become addled. --adj. 1 muddled, unsound (addle-brained; addle-head). 2 empty, vain. 3 (of an egg) addled. Etymology: OE adela filth, used as adj., then as verb

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Addle Ad"dle, n. [OE. adel, AS. adela, mud.] 1. Liquid filth; mire. [Obs.] 2. Lees; dregs. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Addle Ad"dle, a. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Addle Ad"dle, v. t. & i. [OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire; prob. fr. Icel. ["o][eth]lask to acquire property, akin to o[eth]al property. Cf. Allodial.] 1. To earn by labor. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby. 2. To thrive or grow; to ripen. [Prov. Eng.] Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more. --Tusser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(addles, addling, addled) If something addles someone's mind or brain, they become confused and unable to think properly. I suppose the shock had addled his poor old brain. = befuddle VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Addled, spoiled (as eggs), rotten, putrid, corrupt. 2. Barren, unfruitful, fruitless, abortive, unproductive, unprolific, unfertile, sterile, infecund, addled. II. v. a. 1. Corrupt, spoil, render barren. See preceding. 2. Accumulate gradually, earn, lay up, save.

Moby Thesaurus

addle the wits, amaze, astound, baffle, ball up, bamboozle, beat, becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, bemuse, besot, bewilder, boggle, bother, buffalo, bug, cloud, confound, confuse, daze, dazzle, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, disorganize, disorient, distract, disturb, dumbfound, embarrass, entangle, flabbergast, floor, flummox, flurry, fluster, flutter, fog, fuddle, fuss, get, inebriate, intoxicate, keep in suspense, lick, maze, mist, mix up, moider, muddle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, perturb, pother, put out, puzzle, raise hell, rattle, ruffle, stick, stump, throw, throw into confusion, throw off, unsettle, upset

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