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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 addled word

  • adjective addled If you describe someone as addled, you mean that they are confused or unable to think properly. 3
  • adjective addled confused or muddled 3
  • adjective addled not working properly, making one confused or muddled 3
  • adjective addled rotten 3
  • adjective addled mentally confused; muddled. 1
  • adjective addled rotten: addle eggs. 1

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Origin of addled

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 Addled


addled 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 addled

adj addled

  • bewildered — If you are bewildered, you are very confused and cannot understand something or decide what you should do.
  • befuddled — confused, muddled, perplexed
  • thrown — a past participle of throw.
  • gone — past participle of go1 .
  • shaken — to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.

adjective addled

  • confused — If you are confused, you do not know exactly what is happening or what to do.
  • muddled — to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.
  • addlebrained — having an addle brain; muddled; stupid
  • addlepated — addlebrained.
  • perplexed — bewildered; puzzled: a perplexed state of mind.

Antonyms for addled

adj addled

  • understanding — mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
  • clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.

adjective addled

  • fresh — newly made or obtained: fresh footprints.

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