befuddle

[bih-fuhd-l]
verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.
  1. to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
  2. to make stupidly drunk.

Origin of befuddle

First recorded in 1885–90; be- + fuddle
Related formsbe·fud·dler, nounbe·fud·dle·ment, noun

Synonyms for befuddle

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Contemporary Examples of befuddling

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British Dictionary definitions for befuddling

befuddle

verb (tr)
  1. to confuse, muddle, or perplex
  2. to make stupid with drink
Derived Formsbefuddlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for befuddling

befuddle

v.

"confuse," 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally "to confuse with strong drink or opium" (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

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