Definition of raddled in English:



  • (of a person or their face) showing signs of age or fatigue.

    ‘he's beginning to look quite raddled’
    • ‘He certainly has the right kind of presence, raffish and raddled, teasing and terrorising.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike the raddled anti-heroes who dominate detective drama, Eddie lives harmoniously with his wife, mother and three daughters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite her innate warmth - you could toast your hands on her cosy personality - she played her absolute opposite, a raddled 1960s pop singer.’
    • ‘Down by the college flats near Darwin, I saw an old and slightly raddled bloke in a dog collar and full priestly garb.’
    • ‘He's still waiting for the raddled old hag to be taken to The Hague for her war crimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike his raddled old grandfather, Louis XVI was a chaste family man who never took a mistress.’
    • ‘As it was, the tops all stayed on - which was probably for the best, given the slightly raddled state of the talent on display.’
    • ‘She steals the show as Billie Tricks, the raddled night-club hostess.’
    • ‘The newspaper quoted disgruntled, raddled hippies who complained that a police crackdown had squeezed out their regular supplies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His schtick as an actor - whether playing a newspaper editor, politician or raddled old rock star - is always the same.’
    haggard, gaunt, hollow-eyed, drawn, with sunken cheeks, pinched, tired, fatigued, drained, exhausted, worn out, washed out
    unwell, unhealthy, below par, under par, on one's last legs
    the worse for wear
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From raddle in the sense rouge by association with its exaggerated use in makeup.