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1Showing signs of age or fatigue.‘she's beginning to look quite raddled’
haggard, gaunt, hollow-eyed, drawn, with sunken cheeks, pinched, tired, fatigued, drained, exhausted, worn out, washed outView synonyms
- ‘He certainly has the right kind of presence, raffish and raddled, teasing and terrorising.’
- ‘He's still waiting for the raddled old hag to be taken to The Hague for her war crimes.’
- ‘This is a poor place in the draw for the rather raddled looking Dutch duo, who will struggle to be remembered by the end of the night.’
- ‘Unlike the raddled anti-heroes who dominate detective drama, Eddie lives harmoniously with his wife, mother and three daughters.’
- ‘In places like these you can always find a public park, a neglected patch of grass with a broken bench, a churchyard fully-equipped with raddled drunks.’
- ‘It's described as a ‘mutinous’ version of the 1798 epic, in which the raddled survivor of a crew lost at sea describes the ghastly consequences of shooting an albatross.’
- ‘The newspaper quoted disgruntled, raddled hippies who complained that a police crackdown had squeezed out their regular supplies.’
- ‘Unlike his raddled old grandfather, Louis XVI was a chaste family man who never took a mistress.’
- ‘Ravaged, raddled, redolent of hard-won experience, his voice sounds like something dreamed up by the Department of Health in order to scare people off smoking.’
- ‘His schtick as an actor - whether playing a newspaper editor, politician or raddled old rock star - is always the same.’
- ‘He is the permanent Fool to Gambon's raddled Lear, yet in his refusal to kiss his master reminds us that even the dispossessed have their dignity.’
- ‘Despite her innate warmth - you could toast your hands on her cosy personality - she played her absolute opposite, a raddled 1960s pop singer.’
- ‘As it was, the tops all stayed on - which was probably for the best, given the slightly raddled state of the talent on display.’
- ‘Down by the college flats near Darwin, I saw an old and slightly raddled bloke in a dog collar and full priestly garb.’
- ‘She steals the show as Billie Tricks, the raddled night-club hostess.’
- ‘The abattoir worker's wife may be a prematurely raddled crone, but the horror she arouses is horror at the extent of her deprivation.’
- ‘He has the name and voice of a raddled troubadour chasing his dissolution around the American heartland.’
- ‘Overcoming initial incredulity and long-standing revulsion for this raddled adventurer, from March 1790 the royal couple paid Mirabeau for support in the Assembly and regular advice.’
- ‘No doubt, had George been in his heyday today, with his glorious talent and stunning good looks yet to be raddled by booze, he might have spent some time in Faliraki.’
- ‘The men, middle-aged and raddled by the inevitable broken roads they have travelled, struggle to come to terms with their lives and damaged relationships.’
2Coloured with or as if with raddle.‘raddled sheep’
Raddled (sense 1 of the adjective) from raddle in the sense ‘rouge’, by association with its exaggerated use in make-up.
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