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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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  • Standing side by side, the pair look slightly befuddled by the moment.
  • Running street battles lasted more than five hours as students befuddled the police.
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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