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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