Origin of bewildering

First recorded in 1785–95; bewilder + -ing2
Related formsbe·wil·der·ing·ly, adverbun·be·wil·der·ing, adjectiveun·be·wil·der·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of bewilderingly

  • But of widowers in a like situation there are bewilderingly few.


    Edna Ferber

  • He took it in bewilderingly, but tried again, even to the heroic, for optimism.

    The Outcry

    Henry James

  • Some chapters are bewilderingly and mysteriously true to life.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • They travelled all night, and when morning came, were bewilderingly lost.

  • Meantime the spectacle of the mountain must have been bewilderingly grand.

    Naples Past and Present

    Arthur H. Norway

British Dictionary definitions for bewilderingly


  1. causing utter confusion; puzzling
Derived Formsbewilderingly, adverb
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