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[v] mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues"
[v] become rotten; of eggs

Synonyms

muddle, puddle

See Also...

confuse, go bad, jumble, mix up, spoil

Misc. Definitions

\Ad"dle\, n. [OE. adel, AS. adela, mud.]
1. Liquid filth; mire. [Obs.]
2. Lees; dregs. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
\Ad"dle\, a. Having lost the power of development, and become rotten, as eggs; putrid. Hence: Unfruitful or confused, as brains; muddled. --Dryden.
\Ad"dle\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Addled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Addling}.] To make addle; to grow addle; to muddle; as, he addled his brain. ``Their eggs were addled.'' --Cowper.
\Ad"dle\, v. t. & i. [OE. adlen, adilen, to gain, acquire; prob. fr. Icel. ["o][eth]lask to acquire property, akin to o[eth]al property. Cf. {Allodial}.]
1. To earn by labor. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby.
2. To thrive or grow; to ripen. [Prov. Eng.] Kill ivy, else tree will addle no more. --Tusser.

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