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English definition of “addle”

addle

verb [T] uk   /ˈæd.l̩/ mainly humorous us  
to make someone feel confused and unable to think clearly: I think my brain's been addled by the heat!
addled
adjective uk   /ˈæd.l̩d/ mainly humorous us  
I'm afraid my sun-addled (= confused) brain couldn't make any sense of the instructions.
(Definition of addle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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