Definition of "addle" []

  • To muddle; confuse: "My brain is a bit addled by whiskey” ( Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at confuse. (verb-transitive)
  • To become confused. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become rotten, as an egg. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "addle" in a sentence
  • "One need only read the curious doublespeak of the so-called black block anarchists, the group responsible for the only destructive protests at the Vancouver Olympics, to realize what kind of addle-brained morons we're dealing with."
  • "We’m kind of addle-headed and over-set, one way and ’tother, and can’t seem to take to any notion.”"
  • "There are still more addle-brained softballs to come:"