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Definition of addle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

addle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈædl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they addle
BrE BrE//ˈædl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædl//
 
he / she / it addles
BrE BrE//ˈædlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædlz//
 
past simple addled
BrE BrE//ˈædld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædld//
 
past participle addled
BrE BrE//ˈædld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædld//
 
-ing form addling
BrE BrE//ˈædlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædlɪŋ//
 
 
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addle something to make somebody unable to think clearly; to confuse somebody Being in love must have addled your brain. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English adela ‘liquid filth’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel ‘mire, puddle’.
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