verb (used with object), con·fused, con·fus·ing.
- confused elderly,
- confused flour beetle,
Origin of confuse
Examples from the Web for confused
Unfortunately, the most confused Ebola alarmists had millions of followers: Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.
I think he sometimes got it confused, particularly in his storytelling.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said his son was confused why he was being pulled over—other cars had been speeding by him—before hanging up the phone.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It began when a classmate raised her hand and stated that she was confused about the facts of the case.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist|Chloé Valdary|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The boy feels rejected and confused, and then hits on a Christmas morning solution, delivering a penguin mate for his penguin.How Monty The Penguin Won Christmas: Britain’s Epic, Emotional Commercials|Tim Teeman|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowds, coming from every direction at once, were soon a confused, bewildered mass of elbowing humanity.The Easiest Way|Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
No—her memory recalled some confused association with great names.The Fruit of the Tree|Edith Wharton
Confused and feeling guilty, he stumbled over to it and answered the call in a cracked, sleepy voice.Beginners Luck|Emily Hahn
Such is the nature of Love, who is not to be confused with the beloved.Symposium|Plato
Confused thoughts rushed through his soul, he must renounce his love, but at least he would see her again.Legends of the Rhine|Wilhelm Ruland
Word Origin for confuse
early 14c., "discomfited, routed, defeated" (of groups), serving at first as an alternative past participle of confound, as Latin confusus was the past participle of confundere "to pour together, mix, mingle; to join together;" hence, figuratively, "to throw into disorder; to trouble, disturb, upset." The Latin past participle also was used as an adjective, with reference to mental states, "troubled, embarrassed," and this passed into Old French as confus "dejected, downcast, undone, defeated, discomfited in mind or feeling," which passed to Middle English as confus (14c.; e.g. Chaucer: "I am so confus, that I may not seye"), which then was assimilated to the English past participle pattern by addition of -ed. Of individuals, "discomfited in mind, perplexed," from mid-14c.; of ideas, speech, thought, etc., from 1610s. By mid-16c., the word seems to have been felt as a pure adj., and it evolved a back-formed verb in confuse. Few English etymologies are more confused.
1550s, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound, flabbergast etc. The past participle confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternative past tense to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing.