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[fuhd-l] /ˈfʌd l/
verb (used with object), fuddled, fuddling.
to muddle or confuse:
a jumble of sounds to fuddle the senses.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
verb (used without object), fuddled, fuddling.
to tipple.
a confused state; muddle; jumble.
Origin of fuddle
First recorded in 1580-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
unfuddled, adjective Unabridged
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  • He could but compose the sort of thing the court wanted of him, and in order to that, had to fuddle his brains first, poor fellow!

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • One day Mr. Kordé had drunk himself into an unusual state of fuddle.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • You'll give a body a furlough, by the way of blowing off the fuddle he has on hand?

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • But there is no doubt that the lion of the evening was—the “fuddle.”

    The Walrus Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • The horrid creatures are going to fuddle at the tea-garden, and get tipsy like their masters.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Thee-ing and thou-ing till it is enough to fuddle a sober man's wits.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • Hamla Ombashi is a corporal of the transport service, and "fuddle" is to sit down.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • His head was a fuddle of bushy hair and whiskers, from which his eyes peered with a guilty slant.

  • Nazinred and Mozwa had never seen anything of the kind before, or heard the strains of a “fuddle.”

    The Walrus Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • We shall want very clear heads for what's in front of us, and I'm not going to fuddle mine for a commencement.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for fuddle


(transitive; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
(intransitive) to drink excessively; tipple
a muddled or confused state
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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