Synonyms for addled

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ad-l
Phonetic Transcription : ˈæd l

Top 10 synonyms for addled Other synonyms for the word addled

Définition of addled

Origin :
  • 1712, from addle (n.) "urine, liquid filth," from Old English adela "mud, mire, liquid manure" (cognate with Old Swedish adel "urine," Middle Low German adel, Dutch aal "puddle").
  • Used in noun phrase addle egg (mid-13c.) "egg that does not hatch, rotten egg," literally "urine egg," a loan-translation of Latin ovum urinum, which is itself an erroneous loan-translation of Greek ourion oon "putrid egg," literally "wind egg," from ourios "of the wind" (confused by Roman writers with ourios "of urine," from ouron "urine"). Because of this usage, from c.1600 the noun in English was taken as an adjective meaning "putrid," and thence given a figurative extension to "empty, vain, idle," also "confused, muddled, unsound" (1706). The verb followed a like course. Related: Addled; addling.
  • adj confused
Example sentences :
  • Have you sense enough in your addled pate to understand that, man?
  • Extract from : « The Fortune Hunter » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • Stepping into their nests, they paddled, Themselves were chill'd, their eggs were addled.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Humorous Verse » by Various
  • Hit Bob a crack over the head and addled him so he ain't at himself yet.
  • Extract from : « Old Ebenezer » by Opie Read
  • The effort to solve the Big Bow Mystery may have addled his brain.
  • Extract from : « The Big Bow Mystery » by I. Zangwill
  • His brain must be addled by having had too much to drink this morning.
  • Extract from : « Amphitryon » by Moliere
  • Come, tell me in what decent tavern you have addled your brain?
  • Extract from : « Amphitryon » by Moliere
  • "That his wit's just addled; may be wi' unbelief and heathenry," quoth she.
  • Extract from : « The Water-Babies » by Charles Kingsley
  • There were two addled eggs, which he brought down in safety.
  • Extract from : « The Swan and Her Crew » by George Christopher Davies
  • His "pockets should always be full, or my golden eggs are addled."
  • Extract from : « The Life of James McNeill Whistler » by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Who caused all the addled eggs in London to fly in their innocent faces?
  • Extract from : « The Orange Girl » by Walter Besant

Antonyms for addled

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