- to make or become confused.
- to make or become rotten, as eggs.
- mentally confused; muddled.
- rotten: addle eggs.
Origin of addle
Examples from the Web for addled
People worked all hours, often addled with booze and drugs, and casual sex was readily available.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
If David is a yapping terrier, Pete is an addled golden retriever.‘Family Tree’ Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO
May 8, 2013
Or to assume that he believes in the addled and simplistic economics of austerity that would drive the nation back into recession.The Right-Wing Backlash Against John Roberts
July 3, 2012
Well beyond her addled NYU appearance and beyond the fashionable-bag lady look, the real Mary-Kate is now a successful adult.‘Very Mary Kate’: Mary-Kate Olsen’s Online Impersonator
May 31, 2012
I would say that they were the most addled, confused, stoned, and addicted people I have seen, at least at the ER level.Examining Rick Perry's Medical Alibi
December 14, 2011
Have you sense enough in your addled pate to understand that, man?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Stepping into their nests, they paddled, Themselves were chill'd, their eggs were addled.The Book of Humorous Verse
Hit Bob a crack over the head and addled him so he ain't at himself yet.Old Ebenezer
The effort to solve the Big Bow Mystery may have addled his brain.The Big Bow Mystery
His brain must be addled by having had too much to drink this morning.Amphitryon
- to make or become confused or muddled
- to make or become rotten
- (in combination) indicating a confused or muddled stateaddle-brained; addle-pated
- Northern English dialect to earn (money or one's living)
Word Origin and History for addled
1712, from addle (n.) "urine, liquid filth," from Old English adela "mud, mire, liquid manure" (cognate with Old Swedish adel "urine," Middle Low German adel, Dutch aal "puddle").
Used in noun phrase addle egg (mid-13c.) "egg that does not hatch, rotten egg," literally "urine egg," a loan-translation of Latin ovum urinum, which is itself an erroneous loan-translation of Greek ourion oon "putrid egg," literally "wind egg," from ourios "of the wind" (confused by Roman writers with ourios "of urine," from ouron "urine"). Because of this usage, from c.1600 the noun in English was taken as an adjective meaning "putrid," and thence given a figurative extension to "empty, vain, idle," also "confused, muddled, unsound" (1706). The verb followed a like course. Related: Addled; addling.