meaning of addle

addle meaning in General Dictionary

To Make by labor

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  • to create addle to develop addle to muddle as he addled their brain
  • Having lost the power of development and turn rotten as eggs putrid For this reason Unfruitful or puzzled as minds muddled
  • become rotten
  • mix up or confuse
  • Liquid filth; mire.
  • Lees; dregs.
  • Having lost the power of development, and be bad, as eggs; putrid. Therefore: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled.
  • to produce addle; to grow addle; to muddle; since, he addled his brain.
  • To earn by labor.
  • To thrive or develop; to ripen.

addle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1712, from addle (letter.) "urine, fluid filth," from Old English adela "mud, mire, liquid manure" (cognate with Old Swedish adel "urine," Middle Low German adel, Dutch aal "puddle"). Utilized in noun expression addle egg (mid-13c.) "egg that will not hatch, rotten egg," virtually "urine egg," a loan-translation of Latin ovum urinum, that will be it self an erroneous loan-translation of Greek ourion oon "putrid egg," actually "wind egg," from ourios "regarding the wind" (perplexed by Roman article authors with ourios "of urine," from ouron "urine"). Because of this use, from c.1600 the noun in English had been taken as an adjective meaning "putrid," and thence provided a figurative expansion to "empty, vain, idle," additionally "perplexed, muddled, unsound" (1706). The verb implemented a like training course. Associated: Addled; addling.


addle meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) fluid filth; mire.

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  • (n.) Lees; dregs.
  • (a.) Having lost the effectiveness of development, and turn bad, as eggs; putrid. Therefore: Unfruitful or perplexed, as minds; muddled.
  • (v. t. & i.) To make addle; to cultivate addle; to muddle; because, he addled their brain.
  • (v. t. & i.) to make by labor.
  • (v. t. & i.) To flourish or develop; to ripen.