One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make unable to think clearly; confuse.‘being in love must have addled your brain’
muddled, confused, fuddled, befuddled, bewildered, dazed, dizzy, disoriented, disorientated, stupefied, unbalanced, unhinged, demented, derangedView synonyms
- ‘Has that second bottle of Beaujolais addled his brain, inducing some kind of hallucinatory fever?’
- ‘The drugs have addled him so much that it takes pot, alcohol, ecstasy, Special K and GHB to give him that special happy feeling now when he goes out.’
- ‘Was it conceivable that the drugs he had been given for pain had permanently addled his brain?’
- ‘This was all very strange to Helano; it was confusing and addling her brain.’
- ‘Even though my brain is addled with cough syrup and Advil, the fabulous feeling of freedom is not lost on me.’
- ‘The fact that she was even considering the idea showed that he'd quite addled her brain, she thought.’
- ‘It must have really addled his brain for him not to understand something this basic and this obvious.’
- ‘We're addled by Arizona's talent, impressed by the Wildcats' intensity, and downright dipsy-doodled by their depth.’
- ‘‘Your friend,’ stated Jeff and went to his own room, no doubt to immerse himself in all his stupid computer games that I was sure was addling his brain.’
- ‘He knew the drugs Paul had given him would addle his brain, but surely not to the extent he couldn't follow a conversation with his little brother.’
- ‘Try as I may, though, it's been a dull day, with my brain partly addled by pain-killers.’
- ‘The Bethany Bash is to be held this Friday and Saturday and aptly called ‘Double Bheja Fry’ because it promises to addle your brains with fun and frolic.’
- ‘He felt silly that he'd allowed her muddled ravings to addle him in the first place.’
- ‘That swim you took must have addled your brains more than I thought.’
- ‘This damned heat has addled many people's wits, mine included: made us sluggish, unquestioning, apathetic.’
- ‘I think the alcohol from last night has addled your brain, because you couldn't be more far off.’
- ‘I vaguely remember a similarly soaked occasion when I was a child, where I tried to shake like a dog and my mother said it addled the brain.’
(of an egg) rotten.
Middle English (in addle (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Old English adela ‘liquid filth’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel ‘mire, puddle’.
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