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[bih-fuhd-l] /bɪˈfʌd l/
verb (used with object), befuddled, befuddling.
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments:
politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
to make stupidly drunk.
Origin of befuddle
1885-90; be- + fuddle
Related forms
befuddler, noun
befuddlement, noun
1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle. Unabridged
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  • I didn't come nine hundred and forty-seven light-years to be befuddled by a robot.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • But it was the multiplicity of laws that befuddled White Fang and often brought him into disgrace.

    White Fang Jack London
  • "Sure, I telled ye she bes well," replied the befuddled fisherman.

    The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • To his befuddled mind, the first step was to dress the part.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Suddenly, however, he sat up with a jerk and his expression changed from befuddled contentment to genuine horror.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for befuddled


verb (transitive)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
Derived Forms
befuddlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for befuddled



"confuse," 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally "to confuse with strong drink or opium" (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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