fuddle

fuddle

[fuhd-l]
verb (used with object), fuddled, fuddling.
1.
to muddle or confuse: a jumble of sounds to fuddle the senses.
2.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
verb (used without object), fuddled, fuddling.
3.
to tipple.
noun
4.
a confused state; muddle; jumble.

Origin:
1580–90; origin uncertain

unfuddled, adjective
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fuddle (ˈfʌdəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
2.  (intr) to drink excessively; tipple
 
n
3.  a muddled or confused state
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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fuddle
1588, originally "to get drunk," later "to confuse as though with drink" (c.1600), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Low Ger. fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle appeared 1887.
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