- to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
- to make stupidly drunk.
Origin of befuddle
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Related Wordsdumbfound, bewilder, puzzle, muddle, distract, baffle, daze, stupefy, fluster, intoxicate, disorient, inebriate, bother, addle, shake
Examples from the Web for befuddle
I suspect this will buoy liberal spirits, but anger the right and befuddle the independents.
It is a flat public loss, another attempt to befuddle our thinking.A Preface to Politics
He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him—but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.
Daniel Sands had no cosmic problems on his mind with which to befuddle young Perry.In the Heart of a Fool
William Allen White
But when an artist tells them of recondite principles in æsthetics they accuse him of an endeavour to befuddle them.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him, but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.Brigands of the Moon
- to confuse, muddle, or perplex
- to make stupid with drink
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Word Origin and History for befuddle
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