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fuddle

[fuhd-l] /ˈfʌd 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
1580-1590
1580-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
unfuddled, adjective
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fuddle

/ˈfʌdəl/
verb
1.
(transitive; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
2.
(intransitive) to drink excessively; tipple
noun
3.
a muddled or confused state
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for un fuddled

fuddle

v.

1580s, originally "to get drunk," later "to confuse as though with drink" (c.1600), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Low German fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle appeared 1887. Related: Fuddled; fuddling.

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