Definitions for: Addle


[v] mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues"
[v] become rotten; of eggs



Webster (1913) Definition: Ad"dle, n. [OE. adel, AS. adela, mud.]
1. Liquid filth; mire. [Obs.]

2. Lees; dregs. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.


Ad"dle, a.
Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as
eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains;
muddled. --Dryden.


Ad"dle, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Addled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Addling.]
To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his
brain. ``Their eggs were addled.'' --Cowper.


Ad"dle, v. t. & i. [OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire;
prob. fr. Icel. ["o][eth]lask to acquire property, akin to
o[eth]al property. Cf. Allodial.]
1. To earn by labor. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby.

2. To thrive or grow; to ripen. [Prov. Eng.]

Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more. --Tusser.

Synonyms: muddle, puddle

See Also: confuse, go bad, jumble, mix up, spoil

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