verb (used with object), verb (used without object), addled, addling.
to make or become confused.
to make or become rotten, as eggs.
mentally confused; muddled.
rotten: addle eggs.

before 1000; Middle English adel rotten, Old English adela liquid, filth; cognate with Middle Low German adele liquid manure

unaddled, adjective Unabridged
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addle1 (ˈædəl)
1.  to make or become confused or muddled
2.  to make or become rotten
3.  (in combination) indicating a confused or muddled state: addle-brained; addle-pated
[C18: (vb), back formation from addled, from c13 addle rotten, from Old English adela filth; related to dialect German Addel liquid manure]

addle2 (ˈædəl)
dialect (Northern English) to earn (money or one's living)
[C13: addlen, from Old Norse öthlask to gain possession of property, from ōthal property]

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Word Origin & History

1712, from addle (n.) "urine, liquid filth," from O.E. adela "mud, mire, liquid manure" (cognate with O.Swed. adel "urine," M.L.G. adel, Du. aal "puddle"). Used in noun phrase addle egg (mid-13c.) "egg that does not hatch, rotten egg," lit. "urine egg," a loan-transl. of L. ovum urinum, which is itself
an erroneous loan-transl. of Gk. ourion oon "putrid egg," lit. "wind egg," from ourios "of the wind" (confused by Roman writers with ourios "of urine," from ouron "urine"). Because of this usage, the noun in Eng. was taken as an adj. from c.1600, meaning "putrid," and thence given a fig. extension to "empty, vain, idle," also "confused, muddled, unsound" (1706). The verb followed.
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Example sentences
Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling.
Any idea of attempting to follow this story might easily result in one becoming as addle-brained as are some of the characters.
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