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Meaning of ADDLE

Pronunciation:  'adl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues"
  2. [v]  become rotten; of eggs
 

ADDLE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: muddle, puddle
 
 See Also: confuse, go bad, jumble, mix up, spoil

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ad"dle\, n. [OE. adel, AS. adela, mud.]
    1. Liquid filth; mire. [Obs.]
    
    2. Lees; dregs. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
    
    
  2. \Ad"dle\, a.
    Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as
    eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains;
    muddled. --Dryden.
    
    
  3. \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.'' --Cowper.
    
    
  4. \Ad"dle\, v. t. & i. [OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire;
    prob. fr. Icel. ["o][eth]lask to acquire property, akin to
    o[eth]al property. Cf. {Allodial}.]
    1. To earn by labor. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby.
    
    2. To thrive or grow; to ripen. [Prov. Eng.]
    
             Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more. --Tusser.
    
    
 
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