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  1. completely puzzled or confused; perplexed.
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Origin of bewildered

First recorded in 1675–85; bewilder + -ed2
Related formsbe·wil·dered·ly, adverbbe·wil·dered·ness, nounun·be·wil·dered, adjectiveun·be·wil·dered·ly, adverb


verb (used with object)
  1. to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.
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Origin of bewilder

First recorded in 1675–85; be- + wilder1

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Related Words for bewildered

perplexed, stunned, puzzled, shocked, startled, befuddled, dazed, surprised, baffled, rattled, awed, mystified, astonished, thrown, stupefied, lost, reeling, addled, dumbfounded, disconcerted

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Contemporary Examples of bewildered

Historical Examples of bewildered

  • If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She dragged him in a bewildered state of mind to the door, which she held open.


    William J. Locke

  • "You're very kind," said Aunt Frank, with a sigh of bewildered relief.

  • I knew that it was I myself, and not my mode of life, that bewildered her.

  • A creature of hope and joy, the first draught of sorrow had bewildered her.

British Dictionary definitions for bewildered


verb (tr)
  1. to confuse utterly; puzzle
  2. archaic to cause to become lost
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Derived Formsbewilderment, noun

Word Origin for bewilder

C17: see be-, wilder
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Word Origin and History for bewildered


1680s, past participle adjective from bewilder (q.v.).

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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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