verb (used with object), con·fused, con·fus·ing.
- confused elderly,
- confused flour beetle,
Origin of confuse
Examples from the Web for confusedly
Yet those who call Mitt a “Stepford Husband” do so confusedly.American Dreams: ‘The Stepford Wives’ by Ira Levin|Nathaniel Rich|August 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rushing into the bailey he saw the men-at-arms milling about confusedly, while women screeched.The Hour of the Dragon|Robert E. Howard
"I'll see her myself about that," she replied mischievously but confusedly, pushing me away.The Price of the Prairie|Margaret Hill McCarter
This cleared, and I stared, confusedly, across the immense breadth of the Plain of Silence.The House on the Borderland|William Hope Hodgson
"I don't think that is a question which need arise between us, Mr. Madden," murmured Theron, confusedly.The Damnation of Theron Ware|Harold Frederic
The island is divided into a great number of kingdoms, but so confusedly and ill-defined, that it were endless to enumerate them.
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.