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Addle \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.''

  1. 1 (context of eggs English) bad, rotten; inviable, containing a dead embryo 2 confused; mix up. 3 (context obsolete English) morbid, corrupt, putrid, or barren. [ Webster's Dictionary 1828 edition] v

  2. (en-past of: addle)

  1. adj. (of eggs) no longer edible; "an addled egg"

  2. confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas" [syn: befuddled, muddled, muzzy, woolly, wooly, woolly-headed, wooly-minded]

Usage examples of "addled".

He knew that Tarrian was right and that even now the wolf would be silently prowling the dark edges of his addled mind to protect him from unseen dangers, just as its wilder fellows would prowl the woods in search of prey.

Tosevites have to be addled to come up into space in your inadequate machines.

I know Tosevites are addled, but the notion strikes me as improbable even so.

I had ever heard, yet I did not doubt that his addled sermonette was an incarnation of that very lecture.

I fear I will dissolve in light, grow addled and vague, like Czerny, or foolishly evangelical like Ristelli.

Something fluttered, flittered, dipped, and bobbed in the clear desert sky like an addled bat driven into sunshine.

In diving, the addled serpent whacked the hull so hard that Adira felt the blow at the stern.

She might have struck her skin alight, her favorite trick spell, but she was too addled and exhausted.

I frowned at this, and then at his depiction, trying to convince myself that I was muddled, addled, mistaken, in the throes of a concussion, just plain crazy.

Dooly, addled and waving one hand while pointing with the other, seemed to see something amazing down among the leaves and branches.