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addle pate

obsolete Someone who is stupid or foolish. Mother wants to arrange a marriage between George and myself, but I know I would be completely miserable married to an addle pate like him.
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Confused, bewildered, or disoriented. This cold medicine has left me totally addlebrained—I just wrote down that 2 + 2 = 5.


obsolete One who disrupts or interferes with someone else's plans or enjoyment. If you want to have a good time, we can't invite that addle-plot. Father won't let us take the horses out today? What an addle-plot.
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