verb (used with object), fer·hoo·dled, fer·hoo·dling. Chiefly Pennsylvania German Area.

to confuse or mix up: Don't ferhoodle the things in that drawer.

Origin of ferhoodle

< Pennsylvania German verhuddle to tangle, confuse; compare German verhudeln to bungle, botch
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Word Origin and History for ferhoodle

"to confuse, perplex," from Pennsylvania German verhuddle "to confuse, tangle," related to German verhudeln "to bungle, botch." Related: Ferhoodled; ferhoodling.

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