Be wilder

bewilder

[bih-wil-der]
verb (used with object)
to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.

Origin:
1675–85; be- + wilder (v.)


mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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bewilder (bɪˈwɪldə)
 
vb
1.  to confuse utterly; puzzle
2.  archaic to cause to become lost
 
[C17: see be-, wilder]
 
bewilderment
 
n

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bewilder
1680s, from be- "thoroughly" + archaic wilder "lead astray, lure into the wilds," probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildering.
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