Definition of Addle

1. Verb. Mix up or confuse. "He muddled the issues"

Exact synonyms: Muddle, Puddle
Generic synonyms: Confuse, Jumble, Mix Up
Derivative terms: Muddle



2. Verb. Become rotten. "Addled eggs"
Generic synonyms: Go Bad, Spoil

Definition of Addle

1. n. Liquid filth; mire.

2. a. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled.

3. v. t. & i. To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain.

4. v. t. & i. To earn by labor.

Definition of Addle

1. Verb. (context: provincial Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — ''Forby''. ¹

2. Verb. (context: provincial Northern England) To thrive or grow; to ripen. ¹

3. Adjective. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. ¹

4. Adjective. (by extension) Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. ''John Dryden''. ¹

5. Adjective. See addled. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) Liquid filth; mire. ¹

7. Noun. (context: provincial) Lees; dregs. ''Wright'' ¹

8. Verb. To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he '''addled''' his brain. ¹

9. Verb. : "Their eggs were '''addled'''." William Cowper. ¹

10. Verb. To cause fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Addle

1. to confuse [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES] - See also: confuse

Medical Definition of Addle

1. 1. To earn by labour. 2. To thrive or grow; to ripen. "Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more." (Tusser) Origin: OE. Adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire; prob. Fr. Icel. Oolask to acquire property, akin to ooal property. Cf. Allodial. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Addle

additive function
additive group
additive identity
additive inverse
additive model
additive operation
additive operations
additively
additiveness
additives
additivities
additivity
additory
additur
additurs
addle (current term)
addle-brain
addle-head
addle-patedness
addle pate
addle pates
addlebrained
addled
addlehead
addleness
addlepated
addlepatedness
addles
addling
addlings

Literary usage of Addle

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1. The Civil, Ecclesiastical, Literary, Commercial, and Miscellaneous History by Edward Parsons (1834)
"THE PARISH OF addle. OF addle, as a Roman station, we have already given an ... In Doomsday Book addle is reckoned as part of the lands of the Earl of ..."

2. The Registers of the Parish Church of Adel, in the County of York, from 1606 by George Denison Lumb (1895)
"Richard Wait & Elizabeth Dawton, both of addle. Adam Hall i£- Frances Burr/has, both of addle. William Wait & Mary Smith, both of addle. ..."

3. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted: To by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"addle, LR 1 HL Sc. 145: Adam v. Newbigging, 57 LJ Ch. 106G; 13 App. Ca. 308. Restitution of Conjugal Rights; V. Browne & Powles on Divorce, 6 ed., ch. ..."

4. Suffolk Words and Phrases: Or, An Attempt to Collect the Lingual Localisms by Edward Moor (1823)
"... In Scottish to addle is " to moisten the roots of plants." J. with the view of causing them to flourish : so that in every case the word seems to have ..."

5. Memoirs of John Bannister, Comedian by John Adolphus (1839)
"The Counterfeit, by Franklin,—Bannister in addle.—Cumberland's Sailor's Daughter,—Bannister in Hartshorn.—The Middle Dish. ..."

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