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
The befuddled consumer can be forgiven for not knowing whether one prescription
  drug is better than another for any given illness.
My companion's role is unclear to my befuddled head.
It is a question that has long befuddled evolutionary biologists.
It's the source of the common name that has me befuddled.
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