to make or become confused.
to make or become rotten, as eggs.
mentally confused; muddled.
Or to assume that he believes in the addled and simplistic economics of austerity that would drive the nation back into recession.
The Right-Wing Backlash Against John Roberts Robert Shrum July 2, 2012
It seems that we will not know how to treat our transgressors humanely until we unlock our addled consciousness.
Our Sick Passion for Execution Lee Siegel September 21, 2011
If David is a yapping terrier, Pete is an addled golden retriever.
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People worked all hours, often addled with booze and drugs, and casual sex was readily available.
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Whereas my female English friends are far more reserved and addled with shame.
Feeling Good About Yourself? A.J. Jacobs April 22, 2010
Hit Bob a crack over the head and addled him so he ain’t at himself yet.
Old Ebenezer Opie Read
Come, tell me in what decent tavern you have addled your brain?
If the eggs are addled or sterile, she will often continue to sit beyond the normal period.
Ways of Nature John Burroughs
“That his wit’s just addled; may be wi’ unbelief and heathenry,” quoth she.
The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
“No, and nobody said it would,” Henley managed to fish from his addled brain.
Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
to make or become confused or muddled
to make or become rotten
(in combination) indicating a confused or muddled state: addle-brained, addle-pated
(Northern English, dialect) to earn (money or one’s living)
1712, from addle (n.) “urine, liquid filth,” from Old English adela “mud, mire, liquid manure” (cognate with Old Swedish adel “urine,” Middle Low German adel, Dutch aal “puddle”).
Used in noun phrase addle egg (mid-13c.) “egg that does not hatch, rotten egg,” literally “urine egg,” a loan-translation of Latin ovum urinum, which is itself an erroneous loan-translation of Greek ourion oon “putrid egg,” literally “wind egg,” from ourios “of the wind” (confused by Roman writers with ourios “of urine,” from ouron “urine”). Because of this usage, from c.1600 the noun in English was taken as an adjective meaning “putrid,” and thence given a figurative extension to “empty, vain, idle,” also “confused, muddled, unsound” (1706). The verb followed a like course. Related: Addled; addling.
. Historical Examples Not only was he direfully cursing the trio, but also the addlepated Medcroft and his own addlepated self. The Husbands of Edith George Barr McCutcheon He wrote to Zio Giacomo, who said he was an addlepated and clot-headed imbecile. The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres Seldom have I read such a ridiculous, solemn, […]
to make or become confused. to make or become rotten, as eggs. mentally confused; muddled. rotten: addle eggs. Historical Examples They are a bad mixture of French freedom and Spanish haughtiness which addles our brains. The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so […]
to make or become confused. to make or become rotten, as eggs. mentally confused; muddled. rotten: addle eggs. Historical Examples And what in the world do you want to be addling your brains with a Latin grammar for, when there’s other need for your eyes? Clementina A.E.W. Mason She read feverishly all she could find […]