completely confused or emotionally unstable: a mixed-up teenager.

Origin of mixed-up

First recorded in 1860–65
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Contemporary Examples of mixed-up

Historical Examples of mixed-up

  • Memories then; puzzling, mixed-up pictures that had lost their outlines.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "It is rather a mixed-up mess," said I, perplexed by the contingencies and the repetitions.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

  • It was a mixed-up business—but you've got the whole truth at last.

    The Beloved Woman

    Kathleen Norris

  • It was all black, no gray; so was his long, mixed-up whiskers.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • “This seems to be rather a mixed-up affair, Senhor Alcatrante,” he said.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin

British Dictionary definitions for mixed-up



in a state of mental confusion; perplexed
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