- to perplex or bewilder: The flood of questions confused me.
- to make unclear or indistinct: The rumors and angry charges tended to confuse the issue.
- to fail to distinguish between; associate by mistake; confound: to confuse dates; He always confuses the twins.
- to disconcert or abash: His candor confused her.
- to combine without order; jumble; disorder: Try not to confuse the papers on the desk.
- Archaic. to bring to ruin or naught.
Origin of confuse
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Examples from the Web for confusedly
Yet those who call Mitt a “Stepford Husband” do so confusedly.American Dreams: ‘The Stepford Wives’ by Ira Levin
August 24, 2012
"Oh, I hope you are right; I hope no one thought that," I said confusedly in answer to the glance.
How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling down at me so confusedly?
"I suppose he thinks you might at least meet him half-way," said her mother, confusedly.Quaint Courtships
"Oh, that means merely 'Good Aunt Hibba,'" she said confusedly.Hetty's Strange History
He confusedly retracted his orders, rather than bear the sorrow of her face.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- to bewilder; perplex
- to mix up (things, ideas, etc); jumble
- to make unclearhe confused his talk with irrelevant details
- to fail to recognize the difference between; mistake (one thing) for another
- to disconcert; embarrass
- to cause to become disorderedthe enemy ranks were confused by gas
Word Origin and History for confusedly
1550s, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound, flabbergast etc. The past participle confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternative past tense to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing.