befuddle

[ bih-fuhd-l ]
/ bɪˈfʌd l /
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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.

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Origin of befuddle

First recorded in 1885–90; be- + fuddle

OTHER WORDS FROM befuddle

be·fud·dler, nounbe·fud·dle·ment, noun
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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
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