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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Definitions for bumfuzzle

  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to confuse or fluster.

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Citations for bumfuzzle
This holyfied lady's jest tryin' to bumfuzzle us. Joan Hess, Mischief in Maggody, 1988
"This is an attempt to bumfuzzle," said the President. William Safire, "On Language: The Way We Live Now," New York Times Magazine, November 14, 1999
Origin of bumfuzzle
Bumfuzzle comes from bum-, an expressive prefix, perhaps to be identified with the initial syllable of bamboozle, and fuzzle “to confuse,” perhaps expressive alteration of fuddle. It’s been used in English since around 1900.