addle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v addle become rotten "addled eggs"
    • v addle mix up or confuse "He muddled the issues"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Addle Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled.
    • Addle Lees; dregs.
    • Addle Liquid filth; mire.
    • Addle To earn by labor.
    • v. t. & i Addle To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain. "Their eggs were addled ."
    • Addle To thrive or grow; to ripen. "Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n addle Liquid filth; putrid urine or mire; the drainage from a dunghill.
    • n addle The dry lees of wine. Bailey; Ash.
    • n addle Same as attle.
    • addle Having lost the power of development and become rotten; putrid: applied to eggs. Hence Empty; idle; vain; barren; producing nothing; muddled, confused, as the head or brain.
    • addle To make corrupt or putrid, as eggs.
    • addle Hence To spoil; make worthless or ineffective; muddle; confuse: as, to addle the brain, or a piece of work.
    • addle To manure with liquid.
    • addle To become addled, as an egg; hence, to come to nought; be spoiled.
    • addle To earn; accumulate gradually, as money.
    • addle To produce or yield fruit; ripen.
    • n addle Laborers' wages.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Addle ad′dl diseased: putrid: barren, empty
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire; prob. fr. Icel. öðlask, to acquire property, akin to oðal, property. Cf. Allodial
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M.E. adele—A.S. adela, mud; cf. Scot, eddle, liquid manure.

Usage

In literature:

Then again, maybe my brain is addled by this thing.
"Disowned" by Victor Endersby
Listen to me, and I'll see if I can't knock some sense into your little addled head.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
But it's been too quick, and things have got addled.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Does he think that the brains of an Atheist are addled?
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
His addled wits slowly settled themselves.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
At least that would explain my addled head and intense laziness.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Surely his limbs must have been benumbed and this brain addled!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The May bowl, he thought, has been too strong for his addled brain.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
The wall then crossed Addle Street, and took a course along Upper and Lower Thames Street towards the Tower.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Don't stay here, putting addled eggs under a painted goose.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Who could have put all this nonsense into his addled head so firmly, that two good cudgellings cannot beat it out?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
That feller was born addled, on Friday, in the dark of the moon.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
That bullet scraped so near his thinkery that it may have addled it.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
It seems to have addled your brain somewhat!
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
She had only begun the descent of lax morality, and her head was addled by the new sensation.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Once the mind of the old squaw had laid an opinion, she would sit on it like a broody hen, till it went addled in her head.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
We've let you say it, and we've addled our own brains listening to it for a minute.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
He has never lowered his manhood by drinking the fire-water that addles one's brains and sets the limbs a-tremble.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
One drink will addle a person's wits and the second will act as an antidote.
"Death Makes A Mistake" by P.F. Costello
We went down to investigate it, and found the young gone and two addled eggs in the nest.
"Camping & Tramping with Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
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In poetry:

O I’ll be mad of love, I know;
My head she’ll surely addle;
O Cupid, Cupid; get your bow;
And shoot her from the saddle!
"O Cupid, Cupid; Get Your Bow!" by Henry Lawson
So addled in my cranium meet
Popery and Corn, that oft I doubt,
Whether this year, 'twas bonded Wheat
Or bonded Papists, they let out.
"Corn and Catholics" by Thomas Moore
In different clearness of rays,
In addling amalgam of visions
We always live in world’s things’ reign
With its triad of space division.
"To the Poet" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
I've got a stubborn goose whose gut's
Honeycombed with golden eggs,
Yet won't lay one.
She, addled in her goose-wit, struts
The barnyard like those taloned hags
Who ogle men
"Rhyme" by Sylvia Plath
Or are you the goose that lays the golden egg?
Which is just a stone to anyone asking for meat.
And are you going to go on for ever
Laying that golden egg,
That addled golden egg?
"The American eagle" by D H Lawrence
My mother addled seven and six a week,
Slavin' all t' day at Akeroyd's weyvin'-shed:
Fayther at t' grunstone wrowt, while he fell sick;
Steel filin's gate intul his lungs, he said.
"The Hungry Forties" by F W Moorman

In news:

That perennial favorite of portly chefs and dyspeptic restaurant critics everywhere, the pork dish, has finally jumped the shark in this pig-addled town.
As the bromides and bunkum of primary season lurch into caucus-eve overdrive in Iowa, the rest of the world has upstaged the election-addled news cycle.
DeMarco's "Nightclub" evoked Bowie, Bolan and Reed in entrancing ways, playing a Quaalude-addled mix of jazz and rock perfect for a David Lynch film.
Jerald Walker's drug-addled adolescence on Chicago's south side—and how it prepared him for academia.
With its heavyweight themes, three-hour running time and addled sense of focus, director Kenneth Lonergan's MARGARET is a glorious mess of a movie.
A drug- and money-addled whirlwind of psychotic oneupmanship as well as a testament to the value of an omnivorous popular culture, Savages is Oliver Stone getting down and dirty and druggy.
In a story reminiscent of the Amanda Knox saga, an American studying in Italy has been arrested in connection with attempted murder, accused of stabbing his roommate 25 times after a booze- and drug-addled Halloween night out.
"Less Than Zero" was one of the most lurid and drug-addled stories of the late 80s.
There was something about Black's manic, comic energy as a drug-addled nurse alongside Billy Crudup in 1999's bleak "Jesus' Son" that just said: A star is born.
This space isn't large enough to include the names of all the diners past and present that are jammed into my addled brain.
Right now a dog is chasing the geese away in Burns Park, but the next step is to prevent new geese from hatching by egg addling.
At some point in the Halloween celebration, your addled brain will to realize you need to eat something.
Like a crass Jersey-bred Jerry Seinfeld in the grip of Adderall, Dov Davidoff is an observational comic with a manic, ADD-addled edge.
The study aimed to test whether Taser devices have caused heart-related problems or death in meth-addled suspects.
Confusion and infighting addles the Native American health care system.
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In science:

At present, aLiX relies on the ADDL library (A Discrete Domain Library ) for representing the domains of the discrete variables.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
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