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. öðlask to acquire property,
akin to oðal 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.
(Ad"dle-brain` Ad"dle-head`) Ad"dle- pate n. A foolish or dull-witted fellow. [Colloq.]
(Ad"dle-brained` Ad"dle-head`ed) Addle-pated
(Ad"dle-pa`ted) a. Dull-witted; stupid.
"The addle-brained Oberstein." Motley.
Dull and addle-pated.
(Ad"dle-pa`ted*ness) n. Stupidity.
(Ad"dlings) n. pl. [See Addle, to earn.] Earnings. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.
(Ad*doom") v. t. [Pref. a- + doom.] To adjudge. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Ad*dorsed") a. [L. ad + dorsum, back: cf. F. adossé.] (Her.) Set or turned back to back.
(Ad*dress") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Addressed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Addressing.] [OE. adressen
to raise erect, adorn, OF. adrecier, to straighten, address, F. adresser, fr. à (L. ad) + OF. drecier, F.
dresser, to straighten, arrange. See Dress, v.]
1. To aim; to direct. [Obs.] Chaucer.
And this good knight his way with me addrest.
2. To prepare or make ready. [Obs.]
His foe was soon addressed.
Turnus addressed his men to single fight.
The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming.
3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
These men addressed themselves to the task.
4. To clothe or array; to dress. [Archaic]
Tecla . . . addressed herself in man's apparel.