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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
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Examples from the Web for bewilderedly

Historical Examples

  • "I suppose it's some sort of a silly joke," said Steve bewilderedly.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • But a long time later Saya opened her eyes and looked about bewilderedly.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Then he stared, bewilderedly aware that something had gone wrong.

    World of the Drone

    Robert Abernathy

  • "In one sense I almost think it is," said Austin, gazing at her bewilderedly.

    For Jacinta

    Harold Bindloss

  • For a moment he was so dazed by Mead's blow that he stared about him bewilderedly.

Word Origin and History for bewilderedly



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

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