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Addle  v. t. & v. i.  
To earn by labor. (Prov. Eng.)
To thrive or grow; to ripen. (Prov. Eng.) "Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more."

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"Addle" Quotes from Famous Books

... the house, while these fellows mind you at a word, in a voice as quiet as your mother's. Besides, what should I do with all these mills and bridges of yours, and Diets, and Leagues, and councils enough to addle a man's brain? No, no; I could once slay a bear, or strike a fair stroke at a Schlangenwalder, but even they got the better of me, and I am good for nothing now but to save my soul. I had thought to do it as a hermit up there; but my little Christina thinks ...
— The Dove in the Eagle's Nest • Charlotte M. Yonge

... and was disposed to look upon it as a new trick; but as no time was to be lost, he sent a corporal's guard to the fort, and there discovered an Irish sergeant by the name of Kilsey, who had sworn an oath that if every other man in the fort ran away like a lot of addle-pated sheep, he would not run with them; he would stand to his post to the last, and when the couple of ships outside had got through bombarding the stout walls of the fort, the world would see that there was at least one British soldier who was not afraid of a bomb, be it little or big. ...
— The Great War Syndicate • Frank Stockton

... Addle appeared engrossed with the attentions of others, and Harcourt not in the least jealous or annoyed. In brief, they acted like cousins, and not in the least ...
— From Jest to Earnest • E. P. Roe

... goose Sat the Parliament-house, To hatch the royal gull; After much fiddle-faddle The egg proved addle, ...
— Cavalier Songs and Ballads of England from 1642 to 1684 • Charles Mackay

Words linked to "Addle" :   puddle, jumble, addle-head, muddle, spoil, go bad

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