verb (used with object), con·fused, con·fus·ing.
Origin of confuse
Synonyms for confuse
Examples from the Web for confusedly
Contemporary Examples of confusedly
Yet those who call Mitt a “Stepford Husband” do so confusedly.American Dreams: ‘The Stepford Wives’ by Ira Levin
August 24, 2012
Historical Examples of confusedly
"Oh, I hope you are right; I hope no one thought that," I said confusedly in answer to the glance.
How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling down at me so confusedly?
"I suppose he thinks you might at least meet him half-way," said her mother, confusedly.Quaint Courtships
"Oh, that means merely 'Good Aunt Hibba,'" she said confusedly.Hetty's Strange History
He confusedly retracted his orders, rather than bear the sorrow of her face.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Word Origin for confuse
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.