Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Befuddled; confused.
  • adj. Eccentric; peculiar: "[Her] estates . . . are odes to addlepated excess, a melange of priceless antiques and thrift-store horrors” ( Michelle Green).
  • adj. Senseless; mad: "led the addlepated charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava” ( Thomas Flanagan).

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  • adj. Addled; confused; stupid; flustered.

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  • adj. stupid and confused

Etymologies

addle +‎ pated (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is a particularly misogynist school of romance critique which we are not interested in espousing; no, Maggie Stiefvater is not a great prose stylist, but neither is Tom Clancy, and we have yet to read a book review elaborating on what silly and addlepated creatures men are for their biological yearnings toward homoerotic narratives of exploding submarines and menacing Russians.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Because we could all use a periodic reminder that one of the benefits of being a walking joke is that you have free rein to make addlepated criticism of almost anything, here's CNBC host Larry Kudlow, fully realizing the foreign policy implications of that time President Barack Obama gave his friend, Rahm Emanuel, a hug:

    Larry Kudlow: Obama Hugging Rahm Emanuel Will Embolden Our Enemies!

  • Falling off a cliff was not something even the most addlepated deer would do.

    Bird Cloud

  • I must have had an addlepated look on my face because Alys seized me by the shoulders and gave me a hard shake.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • I would really expect better of you than that spurious sort of tripe that just panders to addlepated dolts like Wayne.

    Be Careful, Gender Inequity Bogeymen Are Everywhere « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • Instead of a worthy companion like this, she was to be married to a hunchbacked, addlepated, cruel lackwit.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • She made him as addlepated as a youth, but oh, what a delectable madness it was.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • This made him look so like an addlepated tiger that I burst into half-hysterical laughter before I could stop myself.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Any that aren't too addlepated and stiff-necked to understand after they've seen the stars and the Control Room, we keep.

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided

  • SUZIE is an addlepated cretin and the best you can hope for is that her kids eventually grow up and not murder any abortion providers.

    "Freak show" or "clown car"? You make the call.

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  • "'Bubba' had an unfortunate predilection for cat blood, and he was addlepated, and he could only follow the simplest directions;..." -Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris

    February 5, 2011