verb (used with object)

to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.

Nearby words

  1. bewick,
  2. bewick's swan,
  3. bewick, thomas,
  4. bewig,
  5. bewigged,
  6. bewildered,
  7. bewildering,
  8. bewilderment,
  9. bewitch,
  10. bewitched

Origin of bewilder

First recorded in 1675–85; be- + wilder1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bewilder


verb (tr)

to confuse utterly; puzzle
archaic to cause to become lost
Derived Formsbewilderment, noun

Word Origin for bewilder

C17: see be-, wilder

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Word Origin and History for bewilder



1680s, from be- "thoroughly" + archaic wilder "lead astray, lure into the wilds," probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildered; bewildering; bewilderingly.

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