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Addle-headed

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Addle-headed Dull-witted; stupid. "The addle-brained Oberstein.""Dull and addle-pated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • addle-headed Stupid; muddled. An equivalent form is addle-pated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Addle-headed having a head or pate with addled brains
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M.E. adele—A.S. adela, mud; cf. Scot, eddle, liquid manure.

Usage

In literature:

The man who can't amuse himself a bit out of the world is sure to get his head addled somehow, poor creature.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
My head, too, is as addle as an egg this morning, with dining abroad yesterday.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
I wint on, on, on, out ov one room an' into another, till my head was fairly addled, an' I thought I'd never come to the ind.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
There is nothing like a pitched battle for these brisk addle-heads!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Michael Rust knows too much to trust that addle-headed fool.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844" by Various
I tell you I'll not addle the boy's head with books.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Look hyuh, Billy, your head's just addled!
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
My head is addled with all I have to do, and now you come down to ask me to write an essay.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Listen to me, and I'll see if I can't knock some sense into your little addled head.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
At least that would explain my addled head and intense laziness.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Who could have put all this nonsense into his addled head so firmly, that two good cudgellings cannot beat it out?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
I'd like to knock their addled heads off.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
She had only begun the descent of lax morality, and her head was addled by the new sensation.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Once the mind of the old squaw had laid an opinion, she would sit on it like a broody hen, till it went addled in her head.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Last night, could his addled head but have permitted it, she would have gone away gladly as a boy.
"In And Out" by Edgar Franklin
Sometimes whole communities become thus addle-headed.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
He sat down on these to inhale the fresh night air, for already his head was beginning to feel confused and addled by the strong odours.
"Luttrell Of Arran Complete" by Charles James Lever
And you'll get addled if you topple all these different stuffs into your little head together.
"The Pastor's Wife" by Elizabeth von Arnim
I told him to go and soak his addled old head in a bucket of water!
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
An addle-headed detective, named John Ireland, has got hold of a wild idea that Cyril knows something about it.
"The Datchet Diamonds" by Richard Marsh
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In poetry:

O I’ll be mad of love, I know;
My head she’ll surely addle;
O Cupid, Cupid; get your bow;
And shoot her from the saddle!
"O Cupid, Cupid; Get Your Bow!" by Henry Lawson