Definition of addled in English:



  • 1Unable to think clearly; confused.

    ‘this might just be my addled brain playing tricks’
    [in combination] ‘his persona as a drug-addled hell-raiser’
    • ‘I'd already lapsed into a pleasantly dreamy, addled state.’
    • ‘If your addled brain cannot focus on the real work at hand, busy yourself with menial tasks like cleaning, filing and arranging.’
    • ‘Two flights and 12 hours later, my addled brain finally hits my own pillow exactly 24 hours after rising in Brussels.’
    • ‘But here you have it: possibly the lamest, most appalling show any coke-addled television executive could dream up.’
    • ‘All this might sound like the product of an addled brain, but it is not as detached from political reality as it seems.’
    • ‘The dish tasted good, even in my addled state.’
    • ‘Let's be honest, a huge number of songs are virtually incoherent usually due to the artist's addled brain.’
    • ‘She and her mother are incredibly close, both having suffered at the hands of her drug-addled father.’
    • ‘Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) almost steals the entire film as a foulmouthed, drug-addled rocker trying to rejuvenate his singing career.’
    • ‘Slowly my addled mind managed to make sense of this phenomenon.’
    • ‘The problem had something to do with their addled lead singer's curious notion of what constituted a promotional radio appearance.’
    • ‘Being in a different place for a while helped my addled mind.’
    • ‘And yet he has a modicum of charm and a world of vulnerability beneath his gruff booze-addled exterior.’
  • 2(of an egg) rotten.

    • ‘On July 19, 2003 a non-viable, addled osprey egg was collected from a nest at the northern end of Upper Richardson Lake in Richardsontown Township in western Maine.’
    • ‘An addled eagle egg was recovered from an abandoned nest along the Androscoggin in Lewiston and submitted to analytical labs for contaminant testing.’
    • ‘Addled eggs will remain unhatched.’
    • ‘A high prevalence of infection observed in addled eggs of various free-living species suggests that trans-shell infection is prevalent in the wild.’