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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Teams in hazmat suits were finally sent to close down the seafood market, though without explaining much to the befuddled, scared vendors. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Ferrell’s Pete wanders around in a befuddled fugue, failing to understand why his wife could be so angry with him. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Downhill Is an Uphill Slog That Doesn't Justify Its Remake of the Darker, Subtler Force Majeure," 14 Feb. 2020 Other aspects of Locke & Key do feel befuddled, though. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Locke & Key Masters the Netflix Recipe—for Better or Worse," 7 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 10 Jul. 2020.

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: unable to think clearly : very confused

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