- to muddle or confuse: a jumble of sounds to fuddle the senses.
- to make drunk; intoxicate.
- to tipple.
- a confused state; muddle; jumble.
Origin of fuddle
Examples from the Web for fuddle
You'll give a body a furlough, by the way of blowing off the fuddle he has on hand?An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
One day Mr. Kordé had drunk himself into an unusual state of fuddle.The Day of Wrath
But there is no doubt that the lion of the evening was—the “fuddle.”
Thee-ing and thou-ing till it is enough to fuddle a sober man's wits.The Great Quest
Charles Boardman Hawes
Nazinred and Mozwa had never seen anything of the kind before, or heard the strains of a “fuddle.”
- (tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
- (intr) to drink excessively; tipple
- a muddled or confused state
Word Origin and History for fuddle
1580s, originally "to get drunk," later "to confuse as though with drink" (c.1600), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Low German fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle appeared 1887. Related: Fuddled; fuddling.