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Definition of the adjective addled

What does addled mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (of eggs) no longer edible
    • example: an addled egg
    • similar: stale
  2. confused and vague; used especially of thinking

Alternative definition of the adjective addled


  1. [context: of eggs] Inviable. Containing a dead embryo.
  2. Confused; mixed up.
  3. [obsolete] morbid, corrupt, putrid, or barren.

Definition of the verb addled

What does addled mean as a doing word?


  1. past of addle

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Google previewThe Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives (2009)

by Eugene Ehrlich

addled and addlebrained. See addlepated. addlepated (AD-l-PAY-tid) From Middle English adel, meaning “rotten,” + pate, meaning “head.” Also given as addlebrained (AD-l-BRAYND), with the same meaning. The related adjective addled ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years: T-Z. Supplement. Bibliography. Grammar (1905)

by Joseph Wright


Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2015)

by Jennifer Speake

This is not so different from When Adam Delved and Eve Span', which we've inherited from our 14thcentury Peasants' Revolt, m equality; gentry As good be an ADDLED egg as an idle bird A person who is inactive or does not work is as much ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

(addles, addling, addled) 1 confuse someone. 2 (as adj. addled) ...

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Scrabble value of A1D2D2L1E1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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