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Definition mix up or confuse
  • But she counted and counted till she got that addled she'd start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
addled = mixed up or confused
  • Because, you know, when you get scared that way, and it keeps running on, and getting worse and worse all the time, and your wits gets to addling,...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Had the battle, the bruisings, the flaming addled her brain?
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Harry is as sane as you or I. That scar upon his forehead has not addled his brains.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • They sat him down, addled, among themselves, and took charge of the double-handled cup.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The trick with addled old folks was to be agreeable.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Sadie says my brain was just addled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • He was ridiculed as old, addled, and toothless.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But its gleam was addled.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • The truth was, he was harebrained but clever—made into such a reliable turnip by the medical experiments which had addled his thought processes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • You'll addle your brain, that's what you'll do, Philip.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They intentionally mispronounce the stately diplomat's name, calling him "Addle-Eye."
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • I do hope they're not addled!'
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • "To speak plainly," said Nikabrik, "your wallet's empty, your eggs addled, your fish uncaught, your promises broken.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • I dim the eyes and addle the brain.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • By the entrance to the compound a few rabbits hopped aimlessly, too addled by their sudden freedom to make a break for it.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • "You know he has nothing to recommend him but money and a ridiculous roll of addle-headed predecessors; now, don't you?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I needed to keep his addled attention on my questions.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Hickey's addled the little brains he's got.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Other reporters thought he was addled.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit

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