American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To muddle; confuse: "My brain is a bit addled by whiskey” ( Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at confuse.
- v. To become confused.
- v. To become rotten, as an egg.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Liquid filth; putrid urine or mire; the drainage from a dunghill.
- n. The dry lees of wine. Bailey; Ash.
- n. Same as attle.
- Having lost the power of development and become rotten; putrid: applied to eggs. Hence Empty; idle; vain; barren; producing nothing; muddled, confused, as the head or brain.
- To make corrupt or putrid, as eggs.
- Hence To spoil; make worthless or ineffective; muddle; confuse: as, to addle the brain, or a piece of work.
- To manure with liquid.
- To become addled, as an egg; hence, to come to nought; be spoiled.
- To earn; accumulate gradually, as money.
- To produce or yield fruit; ripen.
- n. Laborers' wages.
- v. provincial, Northern England To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — Forby.
- v. provincial, Northern England To thrive or grow; to ripen.
- adj. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid.
- adj. by extension Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. John Dryden.
- adj. See addled.
- n. obsolete Liquid filth; mire.
- n. provincial Lees; dregs. Wright
- v. To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain.
- v. To cause fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Liquid filth; mire.
- n. Prov. Eng. Lees; dregs.
- adj. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled.
- v. To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle.
- v. Prov. Eng. To earn by labor.
- v. Prov. Eng. To thrive or grow; to ripen.
- v. mix up or confuse
- v. become rotten
- Middle English adel ("rotten"), from Old English adel, adela ("mire, pool, liquid excrement"), from Proto-Germanic *adalaz, *adalan (“cattle urine, liquid manure”). Akin to Saterland Frisian adel "dung", Middle Low German adele "mud, liquid manure" (Dutch aal "puddle"), Old Swedish adel "urine". (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English adel, rotten, from Old English adel, pool of excrement. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One need only read the curious doublespeak of the so-called black block anarchists, the group responsible for the only destructive protests at the Vancouver Olympics, to realize what kind of addle-brained morons we're dealing with.”
“We’m kind of addle-headed and over-set, one way and ’tother, and can’t seem to take to any notion.””
“There are still more addle-brained softballs to come:”
“Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu agreed and messaged back it was probably just “planted intelligence of the enemy designed to addle us,” but he ordered his embassies to check it out further.”
“He had not exactly crushed the man's head like an egg-shell, but the blow had been sufficient to addle what was inside, and, after being sick for a week, the man had died.”
““She surely deserves it all,” Graham murmured, although vaguely hurt in that the addle-pated, alphabet-obsessed, epicurean anarchist of an Irishman who gloried in being a loafer and a pensioner should even mildly be in love with the Little Lady.”
“Those were their cards and they had to play them, willy-nilly, hunchbacked or straight backed, crippled or clean-limbed, addle-pated or clear - headed.”
“At such moments I find it well to turn to the testimony of other men to prove to myself that I am not becoming over-wrought and addle-pated.”
“We still had a big pay-day coming to us, and for thirty-seven days, without a drink to addle our mental processes, we incessantly planned the spending of our money.”
“Balatta and Vngngn - the latter the addle-headed young chief who was ruled by Ngurn, and who, whispered intrigue had it, was the son of Ngurn.”
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