[ kon-foun-did, kuhn- ]
See synonyms for confounded on
  1. damned (used euphemistically): That is a confounded lie.

Origin of confounded

First recorded in Middle English; see origin at confound, -ed2

Other words for confounded

Other words from confounded

  • con·found·ed·ly, adverb
  • con·found·ed·ness, noun
  • un·con·found·ed·ly, adverb

Words Nearby confounded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use confounded in a sentence

  • They are turned back: let them be greatly confounded, that trust in a graven thing, that say to a molten thing: You are our god.

  • I wor amaist blinded wi' snow, coming ow'r that confounded heath.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Every confounded captain in the Force will have to view them officially; they wouldn't take our word for their being dead.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Look sharp with the light, or I shall knock my brains out against something in this confounded hole.

  • During the past month the confusion at Mudros, our advanced base, becomes daily worse confounded.

British Dictionary definitions for confounded


/ (kənˈfaʊndɪd) /

  1. bewildered; confused

  2. (prenominal) informal execrable; damned

Derived forms of confounded

  • confoundedly, adverb
  • confoundedness, noun

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