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Addle-pate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Addle-pate A foolish or dull-witted fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n addle-pate A stupid person.
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Usage

In literature:

Thea, however, had one in the person of her addle-pated aunt, Tillie Kronborg.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
Seems as if a woman couldn't respect such an addle-pate as I am lately.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
The music is inside your own noddle, old addle-pate!
"Melmoth Reconciled" by Honore de Balzac
What change do you see in me, addled-pate that you are?
"The Lesser Bourgeoisie" by Honore de Balzac
There is an addle-pate for you.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
My strong ale must have got into your addle pate with a vengeance.
"Windsor Castle" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Though he knew himself to be muddy-minded and addle-pated, he could see that.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
Those Welsh are addle-pated, every one.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Have you sense enough in your addled pate to understand that, man?
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
I'm weary of your addle-pated suspicions.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
The music is inside your own noddle, old addle-pate!
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
Verily, thou art born to be a shield to addle-pated Ralph.
"The House of Walderne" by A. D. Crake
I fear we be but addle-pates at Merrymount.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Grandma Barclay above stairs has her opinion of it, and wonders how girls can be so addle-pated.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
What a poor old addle-pated martyr I am.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
Do you take me for an addle-pated idiot?
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
There was some confusion, while Bill Saxby bawled at the seamen as addle-pated lubbers.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Steenie is brewing a bowl of punch which will clear your addle-pate.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
A pack of addle-pates, you say?
"The Golden Triangle" by Maurice Leblanc
And of all men in the world, that addle-pated Canon Fell must be here, when you came, seeking a friend in need!
"The MS. in a Red Box" by John Arthur Hamilton
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In poetry:

Said Jones: "I'm glad my wife's not clever;
Her intellect is second-rate.
If she was witty she would never
Give me a chance to scintillate;
But cap my humorous endeavour
And make me seem as addle-pate."
"Three Wives" by Robert W Service