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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 their befuddlement was only a tithe of that which struck Cleigh an hour later.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • The befuddlement of Antoine and the waiter who assisted him added to the general joy.

    Lady Larkspur Meredith Nicholson
  • She had only added to his befuddlement and he bent forward, soliciting some more lucid statement of her position.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for befuddlement


verb (transitive)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
Derived Forms
befuddlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for befuddlement



"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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