Dictionary.com

befuddle

[ bih-fuhd-l ]
/ bɪˈfʌd l /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: befuddle / befuddled / befuddles / befuddlement on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
to make stupidly drunk.
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of befuddle

First recorded in 1885–90; be- + fuddle

OTHER WORDS FROM befuddle

be·fud·dler, nounbe·fud·dle·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use befuddle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for befuddle

befuddle
/ (bɪˈfʌdəl) /

verb (tr)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink

Derived forms of befuddle

befuddlement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK