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Definition mix up or confuse

Much more rarely, addled can refer to an egg whose embryo is dead.
  • It was the best she could do with her drug-addled mind.
addled = mixed up or confused
  • Age has left her with an addled mind.
  • addled = confused
  • Jack heard the words too, but it took a moment for his addled brain to understand their meaning.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • addled = not thinking clearly
  • 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
  • addled = mixed up or confused
  • I needed to keep his addled attention on my questions.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • addled = not thinking clearly
  • Stella doesn't say anything for a long time. "Never mind," she finally says. "I don't know what I was thinking. The pain is making me addled."
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • addled = confused
  • Grasping at an addled resolution, he began to stir.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • addled = mixed up or confused
  • But it sounded like gibberish, and everyone thought she was addled except for Mom, who understood her perfectly and said she had an excellent vocabulary.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • addled = confused
  • To a greater and greater degree his life revolved around a self-administered pharmacopoeia of steroids, amphetamines, mood elevators, and painkillers, and the drugs addled his once-formidable mind.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • addled = confused
  • It is a sign, I think, of how addled I was with love and fear and no sleep, that it took me so long to realize: that stinging insects should not come in battalions, and ten falling pots in a morning was beyond even my tired clumsiness.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • addled = mixed up or confused
  • 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
  • The old cracking sound, the tearing of flesh, and then they were fish no more, but twelve rams, fat and addled.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • addled = confused
  • Dodge picked up his pace when they passed Heart Palace—now fallen into disrepair and occupied by stimulant—addled squatters-on their way to the Five Spires of Redd construction site.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • addled = not thinking clearly
  • 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

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