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
Related formsun·fud·dled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unfuddled

Historical Examples of unfuddled

  • Happily he turned out a fair representative of his class, an intelligent and unfuddled cabby.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for unfuddled


  1. (tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
  2. (intr) to drink excessively; tipple
  1. a muddled or confused state

Word Origin for fuddle

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for unfuddled



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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