be·​fud·​dled bi-ˈfə-dᵊld How to pronounce befuddled (audio)
: 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

Examples of befuddled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not unlike its befuddled protagonists, who can’t seem to translate meaning well into doing well. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 In his finer befuddled moments, that’s indeed how Gosling comes across. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2023 What keeps me up is a megalomaniac running against a befuddled guy on the verge of falling. WSJ, 20 June 2023 For folks who know Menzies from, say, The Crown or as a cad on Outlander, this breezy yet befuddled and neurotic turn will be eye-opening. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2023 Beginning pie makers may find themselves a bit befuddled as some of the recipes are written from the standpoint that the cook knows her way around the kitchen, while others break down every step with easy-to-follow instructions. Kelly Brant, Arkansas Online, 17 May 2023 One of the great pleasures of BlackBerry is watching Balsillie’s befuddled, running disgust at Lazaridis and Fregin’s hapless ways, at the chaotic ineptitude of their finances, their utter lack of business sense, their go-along-to-get-along management style. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 Some version of this befuddled inner monologue ran through many editors’ heads as Kate Moss sauntered down Bottega Veneta’s spring 2023 runway in Milan., 6 May 2023 The interactions between the guests often were on par with those titles, with some engaging in shouting matches and others throwing punches, all while Springer looked on, befuddled or bemused. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of befuddled was in 1838

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“Befuddled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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