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addle +‎ pated


addlepated (comparative more addlepated, superlative most addlepated)

  1. Addled; confused; stupid; flustered.
    • 1630, John Taylor, “Plutoes Proclamation concerning his Infernall pleasure for the Propagation of Tobacco” in All the Workes of John Taylor the Water-Poet, London: James Boler, p. 252,[1]
      Let euery idle addle-pated gull
      With stinking sweet Tobacco stuffe his skull.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Boston: L.C. Page, Chapter 16, p. 169,[2]
      [] I don’t really know if I’m doing right—it may make you more addle-pated than ever—but you can ask Diana to come over and spend the afternoon with you and have tea here.”
    • 1989, John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, New York: William Morrow, “The Shot,”
      “Do you actually expect me to wander the world as if I were an addlepated bald woman escaped from the circus?” she would say.
    • February 14, 2018, Charles Solomon in the LA Times, Nick Park is back in the stop-motion animation game with 'Early Man'
      His best-known creations are the addlepated, cheese-loving inventor Wallace, and Gromit, his patient, intelligent dog.

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