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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: addle eggs.

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Origin of addle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM addle

un·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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