verb (used with or without object), ad·dled, ad·dling.
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|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If David is a yapping terrier, Pete is an addled golden retriever.‘Family Tree’ Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO|Jace Lacob|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or to assume that he believes in the addled and simplistic economics of austerity that would drive the nation back into recession.
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|Isabel Wilkinson|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I would say that they were the most addled, confused, stoned, and addicted people I have seen, at least at the ER level.
"That his wit's just addled; may be wi' unbelief and heathenry," quoth she.The Water-Babies|Charles Kingsley
Kuawng itlug, An addled egg (egg that has failed to develop and has an empty area inside it).A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
I should imagine,” he said, shaking out a copy of The Times, “that it is your brain which is addled.Anna the Adventuress|E. Phillips Oppenheim
He was only twenty-two when he began his parliamentary career as member for St Germans in the “addled parliament” of 1614.
The effort to solve the Big Bow Mystery may have addled his brain.The Big Bow Mystery|I. Zangwill
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Word Origin for addle
British Dictionary definitions for addled (2 of 2)
Word Origin for addle
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.