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bewildered

[bih-wil-derd]
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adjective
  1. completely puzzled or confused; perplexed.

Origin of bewildered

First recorded in 1675–85; bewilder + -ed2
Related formsbe·wil·dered·ly, adverbbe·wil·dered·ness, nounun·be·wil·dered, adjectiveun·be·wil·dered·ly, adverb

bewilder

[bih-wil-der]
verb (used with object)
  1. to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.

Origin of bewilder

First recorded in 1675–85; be- + wilder1

Synonyms

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mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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  • If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She dragged him in a bewildered state of mind to the door, which she held open.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • "You're very kind," said Aunt Frank, with a sigh of bewildered relief.

  • I knew that it was I myself, and not my mode of life, that bewildered her.

  • A creature of hope and joy, the first draught of sorrow had bewildered her.


British Dictionary definitions for bewildered

bewilder

verb (tr)
  1. to confuse utterly; puzzle
  2. archaic to cause to become lost
Derived Formsbewilderment, noun

Word Origin

C17: see be-, wilder
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Word Origin and History for bewildered

adj.

1680s, past participle adjective from bewilder (q.v.).

bewilder

v.

1680s, from be- "thoroughly" + archaic wilder "lead astray, lure into the wilds," probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildered; bewildering; bewilderingly.

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