ADDLE

addle

(verb) become rotten; “addled eggs”

addle, muddle, puddle

(verb) mix up or confuse; “He muddled the issues”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Verb

addle (third-person singular simple present addles, present participle addling, simple past and past participle addled)

(provincial, Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living.

(provincial, Northern England) To thrive or grow; to ripen.

Etymology 2

Adjective

addle (comparative more addle, superlative most addle)

Having lost the power of development, and become rotten; putrid.

(by extension) Unfruitful or confused; muddled.

Noun

addle (plural addles)

(obsolete) Liquid filth; mire.

(provincial) Lees; dregs.

Verb

addle (third-person singular simple present addles, present participle addling, simple past and past participle addled)

To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle

To cause fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.

Noun

addle (plural addles)

A foolish or dull-witted fellow.

Anagrams

• daled, dedal, laded

Source: Wiktionary


Ad"dle, n. Etym: [OE. adel, AS. adela, mud.]

1. Liquid filth; mire. [Obs.]

2. Lees; dregs. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.

Ad"dle, a.

Definition: Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. Dryden.

Ad"dle, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Addled; p. pr. & vb. n. Addling.]

Definition: To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain. "Their eggs were addled." Cowper.

Ad"dle, v. t. & i. Etym: [OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire; prob. fr. Icel. ö\'eblask to acquire property, akin to othal 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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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