addled


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ad·dle

 (ăd′l)
v. ad·dled, ad·dling, ad·dles
v.tr.
To cause (someone) to think unclearly; confuse: "My brain is a bit addled by whiskey" (Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at befuddle.
v.intr.
1. To become confused.
2. To become rotten, as an egg.

[From Middle English adel, rotten, from Old English adel, pool of excrement.]

addled

(ˈædəld)
adj
1. confused or muddled
2. not working properly, making one confused or muddled
3. old-fashioned rotten

addled

, muddled - Addled refers to mental confusion; muddled is anything confused or in a mess.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.addled - (of eggs) no longer edibleaddled - (of eggs) no longer edible; "an addled egg"
stale - lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"
2.addled - confused and vagueaddled - confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas"
confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; "the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"

addled

adjective confused, silly, foolish, at sea, bewildered, mixed-up, muddled, perplexed, flustered, befuddled You're talking to me like an addled romantic.

addled

adjective
Translations

addled

[ˈædld] ADJ
1. (= rotten) → huero, podrido
2. (= confused) [brain] → confuso, débil

addled

[ˈædəld] adj (British)
[egg] → pourri(e)
[brain] → brouillon(ne); [person] → aux idées confusesadd-on [ˈædɒn]
n
(= extra component) (for equipment, stereo, computer etc)option f
(= supplement) (to flight)supplément m
adj [fee, cost] → supplémentaire

addled

adj
brain, personbenebelt; (permanently) → verdummt
eggverdorben, faul
References in classic literature ?
But she counted and counted till she got that addled she'd start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
I haven't a bit o' patience with you-- sitting on an addled egg for ever, as if there was never a fresh un in the world.
And he had failed to catch a hen pheasant on her nest; and it had contained only five eggs, two of them addled.
I, by the sovereign efficacy of my recommendation, got you the place where you are now living in clover, and yet not a word of gratitude, or even acknowledgment, have you ever offered in return; but I am coming to see you, and small conception can you, with your addled aristocratic brains, form of the sort of moral kicking I have, ready packed in my carpet-bag, destined to be presented to you immediately on my arrival.
But the excitement of cutting out the Arangi had been communicated to his addled brain, and, with vague reminiscent flashes of the strength of life triumphant, he shared deliriously in this triumph of Somo by applying himself to the curing of the head that was in itself the concrete expression of triumph.
drag the lecturer off the rostrum, and the male mutual instructor out of the class, and ease their poor addled heads of evenings by making them dance and sing with you.
The poor soul was poring hard over a tattered book, with the traces of recent tears still upon his face; vainly endeavouring to master some task which a child of nine years old, possessed of ordinary powers, could have conquered with ease, but which, to the addled brain of the crushed boy of nineteen, was a sealed and hopeless mystery.
it was addled," spluttered he, while the wood rang again with the merry laughter of East and Tom.
Very thoughtful old John Willet was, while the dinner was preparing; and if his brain were ever less clear at one time than another, it is but reasonable to suppose that he addled it in no slight degree by shaking his head so much that day.
He was touched in the cavity where his heart should have been - in that nest of addled eggs, where the birds of heaven would have lived if they had not been whistled away - by the fervour of this reproach.
How the Circumlocution Office, in course of time, took up the business as if it were a bran new thing of yesterday, which had never been heard of before; muddled the business, addled the business, tossed the business in a wet blanket.
To my thinking that drunken commissariat clerk is a great deal cleverer, anyway one can see that he has addled his brains with drink, but you know, these foreigners are always so well behaved and serious.