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 also believe whites are as befuddled about race as we are …— Nathan McCall

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Thursday night’s biggest casualty — former vice president Joe Biden — didn’t even bother to show his face after his halting, befuddled and roundly panned performance. Washington Post, "Biden’s spin doctors, Beto’s flop, a sea of sweat: The madness after the Miami debates.," 28 June 2019 Isom is adorable as the befuddled kid pulled from the chorus line and given the chance at stardom to save the show when the leading lady breaks her ankle., "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 ThinkGeek has always been a delightful place to shop for the spectrum of geek-minded people, from the hardcore fans to the befuddled families of those who like things like Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, " is shutting down and that’s a damn shame," 14 June 2019 The White House is an imperial court, with Trump as fickle monarch and everyone else befuddled nobles trying to respond to his whims. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is There a Right Way to Cover the Trump White House?," 6 June 2019 So Jughead, naturally, goes right to Hiram, giving him a speech from G&G that Hiram looks befuddled to hear. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 The payment went through, satisfying the befuddled cashier. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "You Can Now Buy Stuff With a Ring, If Anyone Believes You," 23 Sep. 2018 Like Sharna, the judges were pretty befuddled by what had happened. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Shame Bobby Bones for ‘Disrespecting’ Sharna Burgess Last Night," 2 Oct. 2018 This picture is a heavy-handed pursuit of diminishing returns, given that the male lead, Vincent Elbaz, is equally unappealing as a creepy alpha male and a befuddled representative of oppressed manhood. New York Times, "In ‘Set It Up’ and 2 Other Netflix Comedies, No One Emerges Unscathed," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of befuddled

1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of befuddled

: unable to think clearly : very confused

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