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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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  • She had only added to his befuddlement and he bent forward, soliciting some more lucid statement of her position.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • But their befuddlement was only a tithe of that which struck Cleigh an hour later.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • The befuddlement of Antoine and the waiter who assisted him added to the general joy.

    Lady Larkspur Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for befuddlement


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 befuddlement



"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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