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v. ad·dled, ad·dling, ad·dles
To cause (someone) to think unclearly; confuse: "My brain is a bit addled by whiskey" (Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at befuddle.
1. To become confused.
2. To become rotten, as an egg.
[From Middle English adel, rotten, from Old English adel, pool of excrement.]
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1. to make or become confused or muddled
2. to make or become rotten
(in combination) indicating a confused or muddled state: addle-brained; addle-pated.
[C18: (vb), back formation from addled, from c13 addle rotten, from Old English adela filth; related to dialect German Addel liquid manure]
dialect Northern English to earn (money or one's living)
[C13: addlen, from Old Norse öthlask to gain possession of property, from ōthal property]
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v. -dled, -dling,
adj. v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become confused.
2. to make or become rotten, as eggs.adj.
3. mentally confused; muddled (usu. used in combination): addleheaded.
4. rotten: addle eggs.
[before 1000; Middle English adel rotten, Old English adela liquid, filth]
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Past participle: addled
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|Verb||1.||addle - mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues"|
|2.||addle - become rotten; "addled eggs"|
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1. confuse, bewilder, mix up, muddle, perplex, fluster, stupefy, befuddle, fuddle I suppose the shock had addled his poor brain.
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