befuddle

[bih-fuhd-l]
verb (used with object), befuddled, befuddling.
1.
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
2.
to make stupidly drunk.

Origin:
1885–90; be- + fuddle

befuddler, noun
befuddlement, noun


1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
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befuddle (bɪˈfʌdəl)
 
vb
1.  to confuse, muddle, or perplex
2.  to make stupid with drink
 
be'fuddlement
 
n

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befuddle
1887, from be- + fuddle. Originally to confuse with strong drink. An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725).
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Example sentences
It's an art that can befuddle even technically adept people.
The attentions of the outside world seem to befuddle him even today.
She may befuddle others, but for her, life is joyful.
Large businesses have protections and laws that befuddle the senses.
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