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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
First recorded in 1885-90; be- + fuddle
Related forms
befuddler, noun
befuddlement, noun
1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle. Unabridged
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  • But it was the multiplicity of laws that befuddled White Fang and often brought him into disgrace.

    White Fang Jack London
  • To his befuddled mind, the first step was to dress the part.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • And what was I to tell him,—that I was all befooled and befuddled?

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • But try as he would his befuddled brain failed to find the answer.

    The Street That Wasn't There Clifford Donald Simak
  • The eyes were only vaguely familiar in his befuddled memory.

    Creatures of Vibration Harl Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for befuddled


verb (transitive)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
Derived Forms
befuddlement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for befuddled



"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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