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Definition of the adjective addle

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adjective - degrees: -

  1. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid.
  2. [by extension] Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. John Dryden.
  3. See addled.

Definition of the noun addle

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  1. [obsolete] Liquid filth; mire.
  2. [context: provincial] Lees; dregs. Wright

Definition of the verb addle

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verb - inflections: addled | addling | addles

  1. mix up or confuse
  2. become rotten
    • example: addled eggs
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: go bad / spoil = become unfit for consumption or use

Alternative definition of the verb addle


  1. [context: provincial, Northern England] To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — Forby.
  2. [context: provincial, Northern England] To thrive or grow; to ripen.
  3. To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he 'addled' his brain.
  4. To cause fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.


ADDLE is an Aviation waypoint.

Phrases with addle

  1. Addle Pate
  2. addle-head
  3. Addle-Brain
  4. Addle-Patedness

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Google previewStoried Words (2004)

The Writer's Vocabulary and Its Origins by Jeff Jeske

ADDLE is an Old English term for “stinking urine, or other liquid filth.” The term eventually extended to rotten eggs (ADDLE EGG) and in the 16“h century began to describe conditions that, like rotten eggs, are muddled and disorganized. By the ...

Google previewThe Miscellaneous Prose Works (1841)

by Sir Walter Scott

Sir Arthur Addle is a similar character, in a play called “Sir Solomon, or The Courteous Coxcomb,” attributed to one John Carylljudge how very unworthy this scribbler ...

Google previewJournal of Education (1906)

Campbell and Janie and Ben are all real children ; Aunt Addle is the dearest of old maids ; and the nurse Matilda is a genuine ogress. Each character, however slightly sketched, has its proper individuality. If we have a fault to find, it is that ...

Google previewIllustrations of English Philology ... Consisting of I. A critical examination of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. II. Remarks on Mr. D. Stewart's essay “On the tendency of some late philological speculations.” To which is now added, An Advertisement; containing extracts from the English Lexicon, publishing in the Encyclopædia Metropolitana, and from the English Dictionary of Dr. Johnson (1826)

by Charles RICHARDSON (LL.D.)

ADDLE, Addle, adj. (from fine], a disease, Sax. according to Skinner and J unius; AIL, _ perhaps from-Ybel, idle, barren, unfruitful.) IDLE, To All, v. a. (Gglan, Sax.> to be troublesome.) ILL, Idle, adj. (from Ybel, Sax.) Ill, adj. (contracted from Evil ...

Google previewA Few Steps to a Complete Dictionary of English Dialects (1890)

by J. Heinrich Blascke

Addle Wh. to earn, to — one's self heat: to get warm; Ln. to lay by money; ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* ADDLE, adj. [from edel, a disease, ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

addle As a noun addle is the dry lees of a wine or another word for mire or ...

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Carter Lane and Addle Hill

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