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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-l]
    • /ˈæd l/
    • /ˈæd.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-l]
    • /ˈæd l/

Definitions of addle word

  • verb addle If something addles someone's mind or brain, they become confused and unable to think properly. 3
  • verb addle to make or become confused or muddled 3
  • verb addle to make or become rotten 3
  • adjective addle indicating a confused or muddled state 3
  • verb addle to earn (money or one's living) 3
  • adjective addle rotten 3

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Origin of addle

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English adel rotten, Old English adela liquid, filth; cognate with Middle Low German adele liquid manure

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Parts of speech for Addle


addle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for addle

verb addle

  • mystify — to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity; bewilder purposely.
  • baffle — If something baffles you, you cannot understand it or explain it.
  • perplex — to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.
  • bewilder — If something bewilders you, it is so confusing or difficult that you cannot understand it.
  • discombobulate — to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.

Antonyms for addle

verb addle

  • clear up — When you clear up or clear a place up, you tidy things and put them away.
  • clarify — To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail.

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