1840–50; confuse + -ing2

confusingly, adverb
confusingness, noun
unconfusing, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), confused, confusing.
to perplex or bewilder: The flood of questions confused me.
to make unclear or indistinct: The rumors and angry charges tended to confuse the issue.
to fail to distinguish between; associate by mistake; confound: to confuse dates; He always confuses the twins.
to disconcert or abash: His candor confused her.
to combine without order; jumble; disorder: Try not to confuse the papers on the desk.
Archaic. to bring to ruin or naught.

back formation from confused (since early 19th century), Middle English confused < Anglo-French confus (with -ed -ed2 maintaining participial sense) < Latin confūsus, past participle of confundere; see confound

confusable, adjective
confusability, noun
confusably, adverb
confusedly [kuhn-fyoo-zid-lee, -fyoozd-] , adverb
confusedness, noun
preconfuse, verb (used with object), preconfused, preconfusing.
preconfusedly, adverb
reconfuse, verb (used with object), reconfused, reconfusing.
superconfused, adjective
unconfusable, adjective
unconfusably, adverb
unconfused, adjective
unconfusedly, adverb

1. mystify, nonplus. Confuse, disconcert, embarrass imply temporary interference with the clear working of one's mind. To confuse is to produce a general bewilderment: to confuse someone by giving complicated directions. To disconcert is to disturb one's mind by irritation, perplexities, etc.: to disconcert someone by asking irrelevant questions. To embarrass is to cause one to be ill at ease or uncomfortable, so that one's usual judgment and presence of mind desert one: to embarrass someone by unexpected rudeness. 4. mortify, shame. 5. disarray, disarrange, disturb. Unabridged
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confuse (kənˈfjuːz)
1.  to bewilder; perplex
2.  to mix up (things, ideas, etc); jumble
3.  to make unclear: he confused his talk with irrelevant details
4.  to fail to recognize the difference between; mistake (one thing) for another
5.  to disconcert; embarrass
6.  to cause to become disordered: the enemy ranks were confused by gas
[C18: back formation from confused, from Latin confūsus mingled together, from confundere to pour together; see confound]

confusing (kənˈfjuːzɪŋ)
causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling

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Word Origin & History

c.1550, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound,
flabbergast etc. The pp. confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternate p.t. to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing (1846).
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Example sentences
Before the remodel, the home's confusing floor plan blocked easy access to the
  rear garden and kept rooms dark and cramped.
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The result is sometimes confusing, because it mixes two different orders of
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She hung back while he led her through confusing doorways and helped her over
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