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Definition of the adjective addle

What does addle mean as an attribute of a noun?

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

What does addle mean as a name of something?


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

Definition of the verb addle

What does addle mean as a doing word?

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.


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Phrases with addle

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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for addle

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Google previewComputer-Aided Design Techniques for Low Power Sequential Logic Circuits (2012)

by Jose Monteiro, Srinivas Devadas

Example addle is a 16-bit adder and max16 is a 16-bit maximum function. All the circuits considered are technology-mapped static CMOS circuits.

Google previewThe works of John Dryden (1808)

now first collected in eighteen volumes by John Dryden

Sir Arthur Addle is a similar character, in a play called " Sir Solomon, or. The Cautious Coxcomb," attributed to one Jobs Caryll, Mi' MOST HONOURED FRIEND, SIR CHARLES SEDLEY, Bart* Sir, The ...

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 previewLife of Pee (2011)

The Story of How Urine Got Everywhere by Sally Magnusson

Even the nimblewitted Charles Dickens hadno qualms aboutdescribing himself onabad dayas addleheaded. But the innocentsounding addle is a deceptively experienced ...

Google previewHerald of Health (1878)

Addle is a corruption of aidlain, to be sick. An addled egg is one which has no power of development. Adolescent is from Latin ad, and oleiccre, to grow. Adulterate, Latin adulter, mixed, unchaste. Ague is from the Celtic agh, meaning fear, ...

Google previewThe Miscellaneous Prose Works (1837)

Biographical memoirs of John Dryden, Charles Duke of Buccleuch, John Lord Somerville, John Leyden M.D., Lord Byron by Walter Scott

Sir Arthur Addle is a similar character, in.

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 Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions, Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1871)

by Richard Soule

Addle, a.

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 English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

To Addle. Prov. E. to earn, to thrive. With goodmen's hogs or corn or ...

Google previewWords, facts, and phrases; a dictionary of curious, quaint, and out-of-the-way matters (1882)

by Eliezer Edwards

Addle. There were two distinct Anglo-Saxon words which have been modernised into this form. The first, Abel, signified a ...

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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