verb (used with object), fud·dled, fud·dling.
verb (used without object), fud·dled, fud·dling.
- fuddling cup,
Origin of fuddle
Examples from the Web for fuddle
Because he eats tallow candles and is happy when he can fuddle himself on bad liquor.Violence and the Labor Movement|Robert Hunter
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
We shall want very clear heads for what's in front of us, and I'm not going to fuddle mine for a commencement.A Master of Fortune|Cutcliffe Hyne
His head was a fuddle of bushy hair and whiskers, from which his eyes peered with a guilty slant.The Open Boat and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
Word Origin 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.