Verb addle Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(provincial, Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. (provincial, Northern England) To thrive or grow; to ripen.

More definition: make or become confused. make or become rotten, as eggs.

3.mentally confused; muddled.

4.rotten, addle eggs.

1. to make or become confused or muddled

2. to make or become rotten adjective

3. (in combination) indicating a confused or muddled state, addle-brained, addle-pated Word OriginC18, (vb), back formation from addled, from c13 addle rotten, from Old English adela filth; related to dialect German Addel liquid manure addle2 /ˈædəl/ verb
1. (Northern English, dialect) to earn (money or one's living) Word OriginC13, addlen, from Old Norse öthlask to gain possession of property, from ōthal propertyCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1712, from addle (n.) "urine, liquid filth," from Old English adela "mud, mire, liquid manure" (cognate with Old Swedish adel "urine," Middle Low German adel, Dutch aal "puddle").Used in noun phrase addle egg (mid-13c.) "egg that does not hatch, rotten egg," literally "urine egg," a loan-translation of Latin ovum urinum, which is itself an erroneous loan-translation of Greek ourion oon "putrid egg," literally "wind egg," from ourios "of the wind" (confused by Roman writers with ourios "of urine," from ouron "urine"). Because of this usage, from c.1600 the noun in English was taken as an adjective meaning "putrid," and thence given a figurative extension to "empty, vain, idle," also "confused, muddled, unsound" (1706). The verb followed a like course. Related, Addled; addling.

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