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befuddle

[bih-fuhd-l] /bɪˈfʌd 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
1885-1890
1885-90; be- + fuddle
Related forms
befuddler, noun
befuddlement, noun
Synonyms
1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
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British Dictionary definitions for befuddled

befuddle

/bɪˈfʌdəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
2.
to make stupid with drink
Derived Forms
befuddlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for befuddled

befuddle

v.

"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.

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