befuddle

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verb be·fud·dle \bi-ˈfə-dəl, bē-\

Definition of befuddle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink befuddled with drink all the time. — Ellen Glasgow

  3. 2 :  confuse, perplex a problem that still befuddles the experts

befuddlement

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of befuddle in a Sentence

  1. most of the applicants were befuddled by the wording of one of the questions on the driving test

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Origin and Etymology of befuddle

be- + fuddle


BEFUDDLE Defined for Kids

befuddle

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verb be·fud·dle \bi-ˈfə-dəl\

Definition of befuddle for Students

befuddled

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befuddling

  1. :  confuse 1 Your explanation befuddled me.



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