[ fuhd-l ]
/ ˈfʌd l /

verb (used with object), fud·dled, fud·dling.

to muddle or confuse: a jumble of sounds to fuddle the senses.
to make drunk; intoxicate.

verb (used without object), fud·dled, fud·dling.

to tipple.


a confused state; muddle; jumble.

Nearby words

  1. fucose,
  2. fucosidosis,
  3. fucoxanthin,
  4. fucus,
  5. fud,
  6. fuddle-duddle,
  7. fuddled,
  8. fuddling cup,
  9. fuddy-duddy,
  10. fudge

Origin of fuddle

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain

Related formsun·fud·dled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fuddle


/ (ˈfʌdəl) /


(tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
(intr) to drink excessively; tipple


a muddled or confused state

Word Origin for fuddle

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for fuddle



1580s, originally "to get drunk," later "to confuse as though with drink" (c.1600), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Low German fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle appeared 1887. Related: Fuddled; fuddling.

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