confused, especially mentally:Given her addled state, the police discounted much of what the witness had to say.
(of an egg) not able to produce viable young:One of the nests had two chicks and two addled eggs.
the simple past tense and past participle of addle.
- un·ad·dled, adjective
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How to use addled in a sentence
Untold thousands of pain-addled patients had become hooked on what opioids provided, as had many young people who’d begun experimenting with the pills recreationally.The 'Safe Supply' Movement Aims to Curb Drug Deaths Linked to the Opioid Crisis | Paul Moakley | October 25, 2021 | Time
So instead I cracked the window, lit another one of the cigarettes I was too young to legally purchase, and surrendered to a driver who made even the most addled yellow cab driver seem like a somnolent senior in comparison.
These bicyclists can unsettle the pedestrians—who, while watching for drivers, must also contend with the addled cyclists who are variously occupying their crosswalk—or even using the streetscape as a racecourse.The Intersection Is a City’s Watering Hole, and It’s Teeming with Life and Danger | wtaylor | August 20, 2021 | Outside Online
Even his addled brain comprehends that only one other creature on Earth understands his true nature.Godzilla vs. Kong Pairs Two Formidable Monster Foes—Too Bad About the People | Stephanie Zacharek | March 31, 2021 | Time
Even as Tenev wrangles toddlers at home, he’ll need to bring discipline to a company prone to behaving like a hormone-addled teenager.Robinhood’s next adventure: Stealing market share from the rich | Jeff | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
It finally looks like New York, which is perpetually addled by traffic, will be constructing a new expressway.
Iggy's relatively mature response to this drug-addled drivel?Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y | Amy Zimmerman | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Similarly irresistible to newscasters was the notion of drug-addled newborns—and warnings of a “crack baby” epidemic.
The context of you being a mixed-up, hormone-addled seventh-grader when you read it, alone in your bedroom.Lifetime’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Review: The Incest Is There, The Strange Magic Is Not | Andrew Romano | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Colonel L'Estrange, who had been there about a fortnight before, found two addled eggs, but saw no birds.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
I know ye make a dandy good district marshal, but ye are slippin'—goin' addled 'bout this funeral business.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
His brain must be addled by having had too much to drink this morning.Amphitryon | Moliere
Come, tell me in what decent tavern you have addled your brain?Amphitryon | Moliere
Now in my poor addled brain I had an idea you were engaged for to-night at your aunt's, Lady Blackfriars'.The Title | Arnold Bennett