be·​fud·​dled | \bi-ˈfə-dᵊld, 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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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 For instance, in the scene with the befuddled goat glancing around for President Harrison, motion rendering software allowed Varvel to lay frames on top of one another to create one sharp goat and four blurred ones. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar cartoonist Gary Varvel illustrates Benjamin Harrison book," 3 July 2018 Most of their routines took the form of interviews, with Mr. Rossi asking the questions and Mr. Allen typically playing a befuddled and incompetent (but strangely lovable) astronaut, football player, doctor or other character. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Marty Allen, Wild-Eyed Comedy Star, Is Dead at 95," 13 Feb. 2018 All these statistics typically add up to a familiar sight — the Warriors pulling away in the third quarter and a dazed, befuddled opponent wondering what on Earth just happened. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors wear down opponents with 3rd-quarter blitz," 30 May 2018 But for all the bipartisan support and expansion of IDRs during the past 10 years, advocates and researchers remain befuddled by a series of questions. Mark Huelsman, Washington Post, "When it comes to student debt, it’s really a matter of wealth," 16 May 2018 On the first day the diminutive Mr Son stood on two apple cartons and announced to those befuddled workers that in five years the firm would have $75m in sales and be number one. The Economist, "The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound," 10 May 2018 Putting in quick appearances were Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) seeking Cohen’s legal advice, a still-angry Omarosa (Leslie Jones) and befuddled Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett). Hal Boedeker,, "'SNL': Stormy Daniels warns Trump," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of befuddled

1838, in the meaning defined above

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