be·​fud·​dle bi-ˈfə-dᵊl How to pronounce befuddle (audio)
befuddled; befuddling; befuddles

transitive verb

: to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink
befuddled with drink all the time.Ellen Glasgow
: confuse, perplex
a problem that still befuddles the experts
befuddlement noun

Examples of befuddle in a Sentence

most of the applicants were befuddled by the wording of one of the questions on the driving test
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Word History


be- + fuddle

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of befuddle was in 1801

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“Befuddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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be·​fud·​dle bi-ˈfəd-ᵊl How to pronounce befuddle (audio)
befuddled; befuddling
: to dull the senses of with or as if with too much drink : stupefy
befuddlement noun

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