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 whom to believe. I was totally befuddled.— John Nichols

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Recent Examples on the Web Parents, many of whom identify as liberals, are left befuddled and angry. Paymon Rouhanifard, Time, "Blue States Are Failing Their Students by Not Reopening Schools. Here's How They Got It So Wrong," 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, "The best alien invasion movie of the decade is now free to stream – here’s where to watch it," 25 Mar. 2021 It’s one of Hopkins’s finest performances, by turns wrathful and befuddled, helpless and defiant. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Anthony Hopkins Remembers It All," 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, "Detroit Pistons Rewind: Game 7 suffocation of Nets a masterpiece epitomizing 2004 champs," 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, "‘The Bachelor’ goes to paradise, by which we mean Cleveland," 28 Jan. 2020 Álvarez refers to his characters as casualties of a battle, whereas Del Risco’s are befuddled outsiders. Coco Fusco, The New York Review of Books, "Love Among the Ruins," 24 Mar. 2020 This is guaranteed to be a very engaging program, even for those who -- like this columnist -- are apparently geographically befuddled. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Hillcrest history unfolds and uncovers much: Sun Messages," 1 Mar. 2020 Idina Menzel made a befuddled and slightly disdainful face. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Eminem’s Unexpected Cameo at the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of befuddled

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Befuddled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of befuddled

: unable to think clearly : very confused

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