be·​fud·​dled | \ bi-ˈfə-dᵊld How to pronounce befuddled (audio) , bē- \

Definition of befuddled

: utterly confused or puzzled : deeply perplexed … somebody may be so befuddled and self-destructive as to miss the point entirely.— Anne B. Fisher I just asked her to please talk to my agent, who understood what was going on, not me. … frankly, I didn't know what to do, or whomto believe. I was totally befuddled.— John Nichols

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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps that global pecking order is part of the reason why U.S. skaters seemed more befuddled and sad than aggrieved or critical of the penalty decision. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2022 The military goes on high alert; the intelligence services spring into befuddled action. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Oprah prodded, again acting as proxy for the befuddled American viewer. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Parents, many of whom identify as liberals, are left befuddled and angry. Paymon Rouhanifard, Time, 12 Apr. 2021 The film is a bit of a lightning rod in the Nolan canon, one that left many viewers a bit befuddled at the complexity, while one of the director’s earlier films (like 2010’s Inception) is a much more palatable and visually trippy experience. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 Mar. 2021 It’s one of Hopkins’s finest performances, by turns wrathful and befuddled, helpless and defiant. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2021 His reverse jam opened the scoring for Detroit, then swished a face-up jumper over a befuddled Jason Collins. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2020 When Peter arrives at this week’s rose ceremony, a group of women come at him like angry geese, creatures of pure and befuddled rage. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of befuddled

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Befuddled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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