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addle

[ ad-l ]
/ ˈæd l /
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verb (used with or without object), ad·dled, ad·dling.
to make or become confused.
to make or become rotten, as eggs.
adjective
mentally confused; muddled.
rotten (def. 1): addle eggs.
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Origin of addle

First recorded before 1000; Middle English adel “rotten,” Old English adela “liquid, filth”; cognate with Middle Low German adele “liquid manure”

OTHER WORDS FROM addle

ad·dled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for addle (1 of 2)

addle1
/ (ˈædəl) /

verb
to make or become confused or muddled
to make or become rotten
adjective
(in combination) indicating a confused or muddled stateaddle-brained; addle-pated

Word Origin for addle

C18: (vb), back formation from addled, from c13 addle rotten, from Old English adela filth; related to dialect German Addel liquid manure

British Dictionary definitions for addle (2 of 2)

addle2
/ (ˈædəl) /

verb
Northern English dialect to earn (money or one's living)

Word Origin for addle

C13: addlen, from Old Norse öthlask to gain possession of property, from ōthal property
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