- to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
- to make stupidly drunk.
Origin of befuddle
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1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
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And while Obama both reflects and reinforces the impetus to realign, the befuddled, hemmed-in GOP seems doomed to decline.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm
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But it was the multiplicity of laws that befuddled White Fang and often brought him into disgrace.White Fang
To his befuddled mind, the first step was to dress the part.Louisiana Lou
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And what was I to tell him,—that I was all befooled and befuddled?The O'Ruddy
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The eyes were only vaguely familiar in his befuddled memory.Creatures of Vibration
- to confuse, muddle, or perplex
- to make stupid with drink
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Word Origin and History for befuddled
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