[ fuhd-l ]
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verb (used with object),fud·dled, fud·dling.
  1. to muddle or confuse: a jumble of sounds to fuddle the senses.

  2. to make drunk; intoxicate.

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

  1. a confused state; muddle; jumble.

Origin of fuddle

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain

Other words from fuddle

  • un·fud·dled, adjective

Words Nearby fuddle

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How to use fuddle in a sentence

  • Because he eats tallow candles and is happy when he can fuddle himself on bad liquor.

  • He could but compose the sort of thing the court wanted of him, and in order to that, had to fuddle his brains first, poor fellow!

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate | George MacDonald
  • Hamla Ombashi is a corporal of the transport service, and "fuddle" is to sit down.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 | Bennet Burleigh
  • Thee-ing and thou-ing till it is enough to fuddle a sober man's wits.

    The Great Quest | Charles Boardman Hawes
  • The horrid creatures are going to fuddle at the tea-garden, and get tipsy like their masters.

    The Virginians | William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for fuddle


/ (ˈfʌdəl) /

  1. (tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated

  2. (intr) to drink excessively; tipple

  1. a muddled or confused state

Origin of fuddle

C16: of unknown origin

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